GB 8

Acupuncture Point Theory

GB 8 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "GB 8" , 率谷, is represented by "Shuai Gu" in pinyin and "Valley Lead" in english and may be found:

Superior to the apex of the auricle, 1.5 cun within the hairline (1/2 ear length from the apex).


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

  • Migraine, one-sided or unilateral headaches and associated nausea, vomiting a/or visual disturbances.
  • Hangover, eases headache and harmonizes the middle jiao.
  • In the Bronze Man this point is indicated for cold & phlegm in the Diaphragm & ST, injury by alcohol & agitation & fullness with ceaseless vomiting


Gb 8 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the GB & UB Meridians

While not necessarily valid clinically, ST 8 (Classically mentioned for "splitting headache; he…) are nearby.

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