GB 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

GB 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GB 3" , 上關, is represented by "Shang Guan" in pinyin and "Upper Gate" in english and may be found:

In a depression directly above ST 7 on the upper border of the zygomatic arch, in front of the ear.


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

  • Local point, usually for headache

GB 3 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

No Deep Needling (NDN)


Gb 3 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the GB, TH & ST Meridians

While not necessarily valid clinically, SI 19 (Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafn…) and ST 7 (TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing i…) are nearby.

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