GB 40 Acupuncture Point

Gallbladder 40, Abbreviated as GB 40, Transliterated Qiuxu in Chinese, Mound of Ruins in English.

GB 40 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the foot, anterior and inferior to the external malleolus, in the depression on the lateral side of the tendon of muscle extensor digitorum longus.

GB 40 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Distention and pain in the chest and hypochondrium
  • Weakness, numbness and pain of the lower extremities, swelling and pain of the external malleolus
  • Malaria

GB 40 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Moves Liver Qi, activates the meridian, benefits the joints, relieves pain.


Yuan-Source of the Gall Bladder Meridian


Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians, regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source) point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting) point of the internally-externally related meridians in use.