Xuanli GB-6 Acupuncture Point

Xuanli GB-6

Chinese: 悬厘

Pinyin: Xuán Lí

Location

Within the hairline inferior to the corner of the temporal region, midway of the lower half of the distance between Touwei ST-8 and Qubing GB-7

How to locate

First, locate the two reference points: Touwei ST-8 and Qubin GB-7.

ST-8 is 4.5 cun lateral to the midline and 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline, at the corner of the forehead. GB-7 is in the depression on the level of the apex of the ear, within the circumauricular temporal hairline. 

Then divide the slightly curved line between these two points into quarters and locate GB-6 at the junction of the lower quarter with the upper three quarters.

Main actions

  1. Subdues Liver Yang
  2. Calms the Mind

Needling

0.3–1.5 cun transversely, tangentially along the skull, in the direction of the occiput, back of the head or towards the disorder or pain.

Commentary for Xuanli GB-6

Xuanli GB-6 is a major local point indicated for migraine headaches caused by Liver Yang Rising, Liver Fire or Liver Wind. Typical other symptoms are dizziness or blurred vision. 

Furthermore, it can treat ear pain extending to the side of the head along the Gall Bladder Channel

Finally, it calms the Mind by opening the Mind's orifices. It is used when the patient lacks of motivation and will-power or have difficulty to speak.