Yangfu GB-38 Acupuncture Point

Yangfu GB-38

Chinese: 阳辅

Pinyin: Yáng Fǔ

Location

4 cun above and slightly anterior to the tip of the external malleolus, on the anterior border of the filula, between extensor digitorum longus and peronaeus brevis muscle. 

How to locate

Identify the highest prominence of the lateral malleolus as the reference point. Measure 4 cun from there and locate Yangfu GB-38 on the anterior border of the fibula. 

The borders of the fibula are deep to the peroneus brevis muscle and are often not easily palpable. For this reason, it is suggested to palpate the anterior border of the fibula just superior to the ankle and then locate the point on an imaginary line running to the head of the fibula.

Main actions

  1. Subdues Liver Yang
  2. Clears Heat

Needling

Vertically 0.5–1.5 cun. 

Commentary for Yangfu GB-38

Yangfu GB-38's main function is to subdues Liver Yang or Liver Fire, characterized by outer canthus eye pain or headache, especially migraine headache. 

It is also able to clear Heat, especially in the Gall Bladder Channel. Typical symptoms are bitter taste, sighing, hypochondrial pain as well as feeling of Heat.