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Why Did You Use That Point? Gall Bladder 21

GALL BLADDER 21

Jian Jing (GB21) is commonly used for pain, neck stiffness, shoulder tension, and headaches.


Located in the middle of an imaginary line between the bony prominence of the neck and the top of the shoulder joint (the acromion process).


In the scientific literature, Jian Jing (GB21) is used as one of the point combinations to successfully alleviate chronic daily headaches in a pilot, double-blind controlled trial.[1]

Another study conducted in Brazil showed that electroacupuncture used to stimulate Jian Jing (GB21) significantly reduced the myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle [2].


A CONTRAINDICATION FOR THIS POINT IS THAT IT MAY INDUCE LABOUR, THEREFORE IT MUST NEVER BE USED DURING PREGNANCY.


To use acupressure on this point:

Locate the point located in the muscle by first pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger.


Using your index finger, apply downward pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds while releasing your pinch.


1. Park JM, Park SU, Jung WS, Moon SK. Carthami-Semen acupuncture point injection for chronic daily headache: a pilot, randomised, double-blind, controlled trial. Complement Ther Med. 2011 Jan;19 Suppl 1:S19-25. Epub 2010 Oct 12.

2. Aranha MF, Alves MC, Bérzin F, Gavião MB. Efficacy of electroacupuncture for myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle: a case series. May; 32 Suppl 1:S15-8.v Bras Fisioter. 2011 Sep-Oct;15(5):371-9. Epub 2011 Oct 14.