Gall Bladder Meridian

Benshen GB13 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Benshen  is lateral to Shenting along the anterior hairline. Inside  the point, the brain is located which is known as the residence of the mind, responsible for mental activities and no doubt is essential to the life of man.


Ben: essential Shen: mind
Benshen is lateral to Shenting along the anterior hairline. Inside the point, the brain is
Point: GB13
Chinese Name: 本神
Name: Benshen
English Name/Meaning: Root of the Spirit
Pinyin: běn shén
Han Geul 한글: bon sin 본신
Romaji: hon jin
Vietnamese: Bản thần


0.5 cun within anterior hairline, 3 cun lateral to midline; two 3rd the distance between Du 24 and ST 8.


  • Quiets the spirit.
  • Calms the liver and extinguishes wind.
  • Resolves the phlegm.
  • Gathers essence to the head.


  • Disorders along Gallbladder channel: stiff neck, hypochondriac pain.
  • Mental disorders: Anxiety, Anxiety due to worry and obsessive thoughts, manic behavior, fear, dual personality, irritability, epilepsy, infantile convulsion, stroke, insomnia.
  • Local disorders: Headache, blurred vision, vertigo.
  • Lack of memory, lack of willpower.


Transverse insertion 0.5-1.5 cun.


  • Meeting point of yangwei and gall bladder.
  • Tendino-musculo point.


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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