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Acupressure Point GB20: Gallbladder 20 or Feng Chi (Wind Pool)

Feng Chi (GB20) is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms.

Feng Chi (GB20) is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms.

Feng Chi (GB20) is located by feeling for the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull. To use acupressure on this point, locate the point and use a deep, firm pressure towards skull to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds. Clasp your hands together then gently open your palms with your fingers interlocked to form a cup shape, using your thumbs to massage.

When applying acupressure, try to relax and breath deeply as you massage the area. The massage and the acupressure can be done by yourself, or by someone else who is there to assist you.

In the scientific literature, a review article stated that Feng Chi (GB20), in combination with other acupoints, was used to help manage migraines and yielded positive results [1]. Feng Chi (GB20) was also used in studies for dry eyes where it showed acupuncture improved signs and symptoms in dry-eye patients after 4-weeks of treatment [2].

References

  1. Zheng H, Chen M, Wu X, Li Y, Liang FR. Manage migraine with acupuncture: a review of acupuncture protocols in randomized controlled trials. Am J Chin Med. 2010;38(4):639-50.
  2. Shin MS, Kim JI, Lee MS, et al. Acupuncture for treating dry eye: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Acta Ophthalmol. 2010 Dec;88(8):e328-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-3768.2010.02027.x. Epub 2010 Nov 10.
  3. Takayama S, Seki T, Nakazawa T, et al. N. Short-term effects of acupuncture on open-angle glaucoma in retrobulbar circulation: additional therapy to standard medication. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:157090. Epub 2011 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 21437193

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