Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Fengshi : Wind Market

GB-31 : Foot Shaoyang Gall Bladder 31

Homeostatic point 18 (Ma, Ma & Cho, 2005, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management)
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

On the lateral aspect of the thigh, directly below the greater trochanter, 7 cun superior to the popliteal crease.

Perpendicular or slightly oblique insertion posteriorly 1 - 2 cun, or oblique insertion directed proximally or distally 1.5 - 2.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Eliminates wind
Alleviates itching
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Hemiplegia, atrophy disorder and painful obstruction of the lower limb, cold painful obstruction sciatica, leg qi, numbness of the leg, weakness and feebleness of the legs, heavy sensation of the legs with difficulty sitting, contraction and pain of the knees.
  • Itching of the whole body, urticaria.

    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh (L2 - L3)
    Dermatome Segment: L2
    Deeper Structures: Possibly sciatic nerve sends branches to innervate the iliotibial tract

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Vastus lateralis
    Myotome Innervation: Femoral nerve (L2 - L3)
    Location Notes: Several more trigger points for vastus lateralis may be found along the gallbladder channel on the thigh between here and the greater trochanter
    Pain Referral Pattern: Along the lateral side of the thigh and knee
    Indications: Strain of quadriceps ; Diseases of the hip and knee

    The principle point on the leg for treating skin diseases, especially when characterised by rapid onset and itching.


    Possible replacement for Huantiao GB-30 to open the Jing Well points of the lower limbs (Yuen, 2004, Divgent Channels, p.77).


    In Tung acupuncture a group of three points called Jiu Li, 9 Miles, is located around this point. Zhong Jiu Li, Centre 9 Miles, is located exactly at this point (although described as in the centre of the lateral thigh which would be slightly higher than the TCM description). Shang Jiu Li, Upper 9 Miles, is then located 1.5 cun anterior to this point, and Xia Jiu Li, Lower 9 Miles, is located 1.5 cun posterior to this point. Together they are Tung's go-to points for all disorders of Wind (Chu, 2015).


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate two points called Uru, one at this point and the other at the greater trochanter of the femur. They are associated with Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu and Shleshaka Kapha.

    They give the following functions:
    - Balances apana vayu
    - Benefits lower extremities
    - Enhances circulation
    - Relieves pain

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