The Gallbladder meridian has many points for relieving pain.
“The Gallbladder is like a judge for its power of discernment.”
– Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine
The Gallbladder meridian begins at GB 1 (Gallbladder 1), located at the outer corner of the eye. The Gallbladder meridian is famous for the way it zigzags along the side of the head and torso. The GB meridian passes over the side of the entire leg, and ends at GB 44 – located on the 4th toe.
Internally, the Gallbladder meridian connects with the liver and gallbladder organs.
The Gallbladder meridian is a very long meridian covering the side of the body. For this reason, the Gallbladder meridian is used to alleviate one sided complaints, such as a one sided headache or sciatica.
The zigzag pathway of the Gallbladder meridian reflects the Gallbladder’s job of decision making or discernment. “Should I go left or right? Should I follow this path or that path?” Because of this, the Gallbladder is sometimes known as the source of decision making (or indecision!).
I use the Gallbladder to relieve one sided headaches, hip pain (sciatica), and over thinking.
Famous Gallbladder Point
GB 21* Jian Jing, “Shoulder Well”
Locate GB 21 – as you can see in the image below, GB 21 is on top of the big shoulder muscles (trapezius). You have probably massaged this point many times, as it is often sore and tight.
I use GB 21 to relieve headaches, neck pain and stiffness, and to support overall relaxation. GB 21 is a very powerful point to send the Qi downward, toward the feet – perfect for calming an over active mind stuck in decision making!
*Never use this point on pregnant women.