Xuanlu GB-5 Acupuncture Point

Xuanlu GB-5

Chinese: 悬颅

Pinyin: Xuán Lú


Within the hairline of the temporal region, midway of the border line connecting Touwei ST-8 and Qubin 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 into two and locate GB-5 at the junction in the middle.

Generally, this point is located on the level of the parietal suture, just within the hairline.

Main actions

  1. Subdues Liver Yang
  2. Expels Interior Wind


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 Xuanlu GB-5

Xuanlu GB-5 is the most important point of the Eye System group, as it communicates with the brain directly. It is widely used to treat temporal headaches due to Liver Yang Rising

Furthermore, Liver Yang may lead to Liver Wind agitating, characterized by convulsions, spasticity and aphasia.