Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shenmai : Extending Vessel

Bl-62 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 62

Alternative Name(s): Guilu
Translation: Ghost path

Confluent point of the Yang Qiao Mai, coupled with Houxi SI-3
Sun Si-miao Ghost point (2nd trinity)

Meeting of Bladder with Yang Qiao Mai

On the lateral side of the foot, approximately 0.5 cun inferior to the inferior border of the lateral malleolus, in a depression posterior to the peroneal tendons, directly inferior to the prominence of the lateral malleolus.

Oblique insertion directed inferiorly 0.3 - 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Pacifies interior wind and expels exterior wind
Calms the spirit and treats epilepsy
Benefits the head and eyes
Opens and regulatess the Yang Qiao Mai
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Chills and fever, aversion to wind with spontaneous sweating and headache.
  • Wind dizziness, head wind, headache, lateral and midline headache, thunder head wind, opisthotonos, upward staring eyes, lockjaw, epilepsy, daytime epilepsy, windstroke with inability to speak and hemiplegia, deviation of the mouth, eye and face, counterflow qi.
  • Red eyes, eye pain that originates at the inner canthus, nosebleed, deafness and tinnitus.
  • Mania-depression, palpitations, Heart fright, insomnia.
  • Stiffness of the nape of the neck, stiffness and difficulty in extending the neck, cold painful obstruction of the lumbar region and hip, pain of the lumbar region and leg, difficulty in extending and flexing the knee, redness and swelling of the lateral malleolus, straw shoe wind (redness, swelling and pain of the leg and foot).
  • Blood and qi pain in women, fullness of the chest, swelling at the neck and axilla.

    Superficial Innervation: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)
    Dermatome Segment: S1
    Deeper Structures: Sural nerve (L5 - S2)

    Ling Shu Ch. 73, Each According to His Ability, suggests pricking (Wu & Wu, 2010) or applying Moxa (Unschuld, 2016) to the Qiao Mai when the location of a suffering is unknown. It warns that this point should be used for a man and Shaohai Kid-6 on a woman, and prohibits the reverse.


    Ghost Points:
    The second trinity of ghost points, consisting of this point Daling Pc-7 and Fengfu Du-16, is concerned with the ghost trying to get you to search for the remnants of its past, either by dreamwork or literally going to places and seeking people it longs for. This is the most Yang phase of possession with many signs of Wind and Heat leading to agitation, uncontrollable movement and outbursts.

    The alternative name Guilu, Ghost Path, represents the stage of possession when a person begins to walk the path of the ghost, actively seeking out the places or people of the ghosts past. With its relationship to the Yang qiao mai the symptoms often include symptoms similar to epilepsy, especially when confronted including disengagement and a blank forward stare, or at the other extreme uncontrollable aggression, contortions and deviations in the face.

    This point would be treated with moxa (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


    In Mayan medicine:
    Used to treat pain in the lower limbs (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point lateral Gulpha and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Shleshaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the ankles
    - Improves circulation in the feet
    - Relieves pain locally
    - Regulates kidney function and water filtration
    - Pacifies kapha dosha

    A medial Gulpha point is located at Shuiquan Kid-5.

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