GB 41

Acupuncture Point Theory

GB 41 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GB 41" , 足臨泣, is represented by "Zu Lin Qi" in pinyin and "Foot Overlooking Tears" in english and may be found:

Posterior to the 4th metatarsophalangeal joint in a depression lateral to the tendon of extensor digiti minimi


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

  • Moves LV Qi - menstrual/breast disorders, distal point for headaches (lateral or migraines - classical mentioned for occipital or vertex).
  • As the name indicates - "foot overlooking tears," useful for eye problems, redness, swelling and lacrimation issues, tearing, excessive lacrimation.
  • Local point for lateral foot issues - pain, cramping


Gb 41 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore gb 41 functional groupings theory - Entry Exit Point and/or Extraordinary Master-Coupled.

While not necessarily valid clinically, ST 42 (Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mout…) are nearby.

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