Gall Bladder Meridian

Xuanlu GB5: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Xuanlu is at the temple as if hanging on both sides of the skull.


Xuan: Hang Lu: skull
Xuanlu is at the temple as if hanging on both sides of the skull.
Point: GB-5
Chinese Name: 悬颅
Name: Xuanlu
English Name/Meaning: Suspended Skull
Pinyin: xuán lú
Han Geul 한글: hyeol lo 현로
Romaji: ken ro
Vietnamese: Huyền lư


Within the hairline of the temporal region, midway of the borderline connecting Touwei (ST8) and Qubin (GB7).

Functions of Xuanlu:

  • Subdues Liver yang in the head.
  • Extinguishes interior wind and invigorates channels.
  • Disperse swelling and relieves pain.


  • One of the main point for headache caused by the rise of Liver yang.
  • Epilepsy, convulsions, headache, migraine.
  • Pain in the outer canthus, facial swelling, lockjaw.


Transverse insertion 0.5-1.5 cun.


Meeting point of Triple energizer, gallbladder and stomach.


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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