GB34, Yang Ling Quan, translated as Yang Mound Spring is located in the depression anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula. It is the he-sea point of the Gallbladder channel. He-sea points are located around the elbow or knees and metaphorically describes the merge of the rivers (of qi) joining and emptying into the sea. It is used to perverse the flow of qi and subdues rebellious qi in the channel. GB34 can promote the smooth flow of Liver (LV) qi and can be used whenever there is stagnation of the LV qi, especially in the hypochondriac area. This point can be used in conjunction with other points to relieve qi stagnation in other areas to treat hypochondriac, epigastric, and abdominal distention, irritability, moodiness, depression, and sighing. It helps regulate the flow of qi in the whole body thus subdues rebellious qi of the other organs, especially for the stomach which can manifest as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
GB34 is also the influential point of sinews. It can treat muscle disorders such as hemiplegia of Bell’s palsy. It’s an important point for low back pain if the pain is muscular in origin. It can be used to relax the sinews and muscle to treat contracture of the sinews, stiff neck and shoulders, pain in the elbow, hip pain, sciatica, etc. In addition, GB34 can resolve damp-heat in the gallbladder and liver to treat bitter taste in the mouth, hypochondria fullness, inability to digest fats, and feelings of heaviness.
Furthermore, GB34 can be used to remove the obstruction from the channel. It is an important point in the treatment of painful obstruction syndrome, atrophy syndrome, and sequelae of wind-stroke to invigorate the circulation of qi and blood in the legs and relax the tendons. This point is especially useful to treat swelling, pain and redness of the knee, and rigidity of the knee.
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