Xiyangguan GB-33 Acupuncture Point

Xiyangguan GB-33

Chinese: 膝阳关

Pinyin: Xī Yáng Guān

Location

When the knee is flexed, Xiyangguan GB-33 is 3 cun above Yanglingguan GB-34, lateral to the knee joint, in the depression between the tendon of biceps femoris and the femur muscle. 

How to locate

Xiyangguan GB-33 is best located with the patient’s knee flexed. On the level of the lateral upper border of the patella, palpate in a lateral direction towards the thigh and palpate for the distal end of the lateral epicondyle of the femur.

Then locate GB-33 in a clearly palpable depression between the epicondyle and the tendon of the biceps femoris muscle. The latter runs along the lateral aspect of the leg, along the line of an imaginary trouser seam, and attaches inferior to the knee joint at the head of the fibula. 

Main actions

  1. Removes Obstructions from the Channel
  2. Expels Dampness and Wind

Needling

Vertically 1–2 cun

Commentary for Xiyangguan GB-33

Xiyangguan GB-33 is mainly used to open Channel by removing the painful Obstruction on the knees, particularly on the lateral side of the knee. It can treat redness, swelling, pain, stiffness and numbness on the knee, especially the ligaments and tendons of the area.