Gallbladder Channel Pathology

 Liver Yang, Heat and Wind Uprising

Firstly Points on the Foot Shao Yang Gallbladder channel treat symptoms of uprising of Liver Yang and Fire and stirring of Liver Wind. These manifest frequently on the Gallbladder channel on the Head and face. The Gallbladder represents the Yang aspect of the Liver Qi, which, as Liver Heat and Wind, tends to pathologically ascend to the head.

Liver Yang, Heat and Wind Uprising and affecting the Eyes and Ears.

Specifically the Gallbladder channel treats eye and ear problems from Liver Yang, Heat or Wind uprising via the Gallbladder Channel. This is most likely to be tinnitis, Meniere’s syndrome, unexplained vertigo, red or dry or itching or painful eyes etc.

 External Wind and/or Heat invasion of the Eyes and Ears

Points on the Gallbladder Channel can clear External Invasion of Wind and Heat affecting the ears and eyes, such as might be seen in acute otitis media, otitis externa, conjunctivitis, ocular herpes etc.

 Unilateral Headache

Similarly the Gallbladder channel treats the side of the head and neck and the temporal region – typically treating the unilateral headache caused by uprising of Liver Gallbladder Heat, or external Wind Heat invasion.

 Qi Stagnation along the course of the Gallbladder Channel

Points on the Gallbladder channel likewise treat the symptoms of Liver Qi stagnation which may manifest in the chest, breasts, diaphragm, lateral costal region and inguinal region, all areas traversed by the Gallbladder channel.


Like the Triple Burner channel (the Hand Shao Yang), the Gallbladder channel treats phlegm that has congealed to form nodules (due to stagnation of Qi transforming into Heat that condenses the fluids and forms phlegm) with such symptoms as swelling and nodulation in the throat, goiter, plum pit throat, scrofula and swollen supraclavicular, axillary, mammary and inguinal lymph nodes.

Gallbladder Organ Pathology

Points on the Gallblladder channel treat Gallbladder organ pathology – specifically Gallbladder damp heat with such signs as jaundice, pain in the liver region, acute pain on eating fatty foods, pale yellow stools, nausea and vomiting etc.

 Shao Yang Level Invasion

Points on the Gallbladder channel treat Shao Yang level fever with alternating fever and chills, bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting etc.

 The Shen

Points on the Gallbladder channel treat the Shen (the channel goes to the head and intersects the Yang channels, and the divergent channel enters the Heart) and mediates the movement from Ling to Shen to Qi to Jing. Points on the channel can treat such symptoms as timidity, nightmares, difficulty making decisions from Gallbladder Qi deficiency, or anger and irritability in patterns of Liver Fire uprising.

 Dai Mai Symptoms

The Gallbladder channel has points on it for the Dai Mai extra-channel (GB. 26, 27, 28) and the confluent point of the Dai Mai extra-channel is at GB.41. these points are used for Dai Mai pathology -bloated abdomen abdominal ptosis, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, acute lumbar pain.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Gallbladder channel also has two meeting points – GB. 34 for the sinews and GB.39 for the marrow. Because of this, and because the Gallbladder channel traverses the whole side of the body, many points on this channel are important for treating musculoskeletal problems – Wei atrophy syndromes and joint and muscle Bi pain.