GB 13

Acupuncture Point Theory

GB 13 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GB 13" , 本神, is represented by "Ben Shen" in pinyin and "Root Spirit" in english and may be found:

.5 cun within the hairline of the forehead, 3 cun lateral to GV 24 (junction of medial 2/3 and lateral 1/3 distance from GV 24 to ST 8)


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Regulate Liver/GallBladder, Clear Wind, Calm the Mind.
  • Stiff Neck, Headache.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the frontal lobe.  Used on the (R) side for psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression and on the (L) side for attention related conditions such as ADD/ADHD.  Also useful for issues which come from subconscious influences.  


Gb 13 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the GB & Yang Wei Meridians

While not necessarily valid clinically, UB 3 (Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction. Ep…) are nearby.

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