GB 20

Acupuncture Point Theory

GB 20 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GB 20" , 風池, is represented by "Feng Chi" in pinyin and "Wind Pool" in english and may be found:

In a depression between the upper portion of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the trapezius, level with GV 16


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

  • Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind - (exterior) - fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) - paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
  • All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
  • Headache, especially occipital.
  • Eye issues.
  • Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back - pain, weakness, stiffness.
  • Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used most often in conjunction with the huatuo points of C1 and C2 to open the spinal cord, generally used to relieve neck tension.  


Gb 20 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the GB, TH, Yang Qiao & Yang Wei Meridians

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at C1 (C1 innervates the top of the head and is an impor…), EX Huatuojiaji at C3 (C3 innervates the eyes, sinuses, temporal lobe ar…) and UB 10 (Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occi…) are nearby.

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