Qiuxu GB-40 Acupuncture Point

Qiuxu GB-40

Chinese: 丘墟

Pinyin: Qiū Xū

Location

Anterior and inferior to the external malleolus, in the depression on the lateral side of the tendon of extensor digitorum longus muscle. 

How to locate

Flex the ankle at 90° for easier location of the point. 

From the lateral malleolus, glide the palpating finger into a well-defined depression anterior and inferior to the malleolus. Qiuxu GB-40 is located at the junction of a vertical line along the anterior border of the lateral malleolus and a horizontal line along its lower border.

Lifting the toes so that the tendons of the extensor digitorum longus muscle and the depression of GB-40 becomes more pronounced.

Main actions

  1. Resolves Liver Qi Stagnation
  2. Clears Heat in the Gall Bladder

Needling

0.5–1.5 cun vertically or slightly obliquely in the area of the fibulotarsal ligaments towards the medial arch of the foot.

Commentary for Qiuxu GB-40

Qiuxu GB-40 is mostly used to remove Liver Qi Stagnation, characterized by hypochondrial distension, sighing, depression or moodiness. 

Furthermore, it clears Heat in the Gall Bladder, so as to ease swelling, redness and pain of the eye, headache as well as bitter taste in the mouth. 

Some practitioners say that GB-40 is very effective in treating mental disorders as it stimulates the ‘coming and going’ of the Ethereal Soul when the patient is depressed. In the case of Gall Bladder Deficiency, the patients can be depressed or timid. They have difficulties in making decision and lack a sense of direction and purpose in life. Qiuxu GB-40 is one of the best point to strengthen the Gall Bladder on the mental function.