GB 33 Acupuncture Point(Xiyangguan) or Gallbladder 33

GB 33 Acupuncture Point(Xiyangguan) belongs to the Gallbladder Meridian of Foot-Shaoyang,which is commonly used for knee swelling and pain, urgent popliteal contracture, numbness of calf, knee arthritis, paralysis of the lower limbs, etc. puncture 0.5 to 1 cun.

GB 33 Acupuncture Point Location

3 cun above GB 34, lateral to the knee joint, in a depression above the external epicondyle of the femur, between the femur and the tendon of biceps femoris.

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What is the meaning of Xiyanguan

Xiyanguan:”Xi”,knee,refers to the point is located on the knee. “Yang” means Yang-Qi. “Guan”,gateway. The name of “Xiyanguan” means that the meridian water of Gallbladder Meridian flies downward from here. The substance of this point is the meridian water from GB 32(Zhongdu) point. After reaching this point, the Meridian water flies down to the lower part of knee,and a large amount of dampness-qi due to splashing out and is filled in inside and outside of this acupoint, the Yang-qi of Gallbladder Meridian below knee is blocked so that it cannot go up thereafter, hence the name.

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GB 33 Acupuncture Point Usage

  • Knee arthritis, paralysis of lower limbs, knee joint and surrounding soft tissue disorders, athlete’s foot;
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve palsy, sciatica.

Clinical:Swelling and pain of Knee patella, popliteal contracture, numbness of calf.

GB 33 Acupuncture Point Therapy

Knead and press GB 23 with the pad pf middle finger for 1 to 3 minutes each time,which can relax muscles and joints, prevent knee patella swelling and pain, cramps, and relieve blood stasis and cold symptoms if long-term massage it;

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GB 33 Acupoint Compatibility

Combined with Huantiao  and Chengjin point to treat paralysis;

Combined with Xuehai,Xiguan , Dubi, Fenglong, Quchi and Hegu points to treat knee arthritis.