Decision-Making and Planning/Three Points to Relieve Sciatic Pain and Tension HeadachesPosted: Apr 5th, 2013
Decision-Making and Planning:
The Gall Bladder Meridian
The ancient Chinese ideogram used to designate the gall bladder represented a scout on a cliff overlooking a large terrain. This is emblematic of the role of the Gall Bladder (in its holistic sense, not merely the organ itself) plays in assisting the Liver by strategizing ways to manifest the Liver's long-term vision and goals.
Some of us are good at creating a vision or having a goal, but not as good at actually manifesting these plans. This is where the Gall Bladder comes in. Once a course of direction is made clear by the Liver, the energy of the Gall Bladder is what helps us collect information, set agendas, make a schedule, and get us to our destination.
The location of the points on the Gall Bladder meridian are an expression of the capacity of this energy to mobilize us. Beginning at the eyes and travelling down the sides of the neck, the channel allows us to turn our head to take in broad perspective and see options. It continues down the torso and passes through the waist allowing us to change direction whenever we meet an obstacle and need to create a new path toward our goal. Flowing down the legs through the ankles and feet, the Gall Bladder qi catapults us into action!
Three Points to Relieve Sciatic Pain and Tension Headaches: GB 40, 41, and 42
The Gall Bladder meridian travels through the major joints of the body, having it's most powerful acupuncture points located at the articulation of these joints: the jaw, neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Beginning at the eyes and ending at the toes, this meridian is useful in the treatment of dry eyes, headaches, joint pain, and especially sciatic pain travelling from the buttocks down the leg.
The points used most commonly on the Gall Bladder channel are located on the foot. Gall Bladder 40 (GB 40), also called Wilderness Mound, is found in the depth of the depression located just below and in front of the outer ankle bone. To decongest this area, move the ankle through its full range of motion by keeping the leg still while allowing the toes to draw a big circle. This area is often quite tender during a tension headache, and especially in the presence of headaches that occur on the right side of the head.
If this area is not particularly tender, look for GB 41 and 42, further down the foot in the space between the fourth and fifth metatarsal - the bones that extend from the ankle to the toes. These two points lie on either side of a tendon that crosses this space, with 41 being closer to the ankle and 42 being further down the foot toward the toes. In cases of sciatic pain, these will often be very sore, indeed. Massage these points and stretch and flex the toes.
Despite the location of these points being on the feet, they can be very useful in treating tension in any of the major joints of the body, from the jaw to the toes!