Brighten and Lift Eyes with GB14

So we’re in “wind season.” According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) wind can cause several things to happen…. In the case of spring wind, the season we’re in now, it can cause stiffness in joints, neck and back. It also can cause “the common cold” and facial stagnation (stuffy nose, tension, a dull look). The Liver/gallbladder are paired organs to spring wind, thus when we talk about spring wind we are talking about it affecting both these channels.

Gall bladder 14 (GB14)

Gallbladder 14, also known as GB14, is an acupressure point located on the forehead, above the center of each eyebrow. In TCM, GB14 is believed to be an essential point for lifting and brightening the eyes. Stimulating this point can help to improve circulation, relieve tension, and reduce stress around the eyes, promoting a brighter and more youthful appearance.

According to TCM, the liver and gallbladder meridians run through the eyes, and GB14 is located at the intersection of these meridians. By stimulating GB14, you can help to promote the flow of Qi, or energy, through these meridians, reducing congestion and improving circulation. This can help to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, as well as improve overall eye health and function.

In addition to its cosmetic benefits, GB14 is also believed to have a calming and centering effect on the mind and body. By reducing tension and promoting relaxation, stimulating GB14 may help to reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and balance. This can be particularly beneficial for those who spend a lot of time in front of a computer or other screens, as well as those who experience eye strain or fatigue on a regular basis.

Gall bladder 14 helps to:

• Eliminate wind
• Brighten and lift the eyes
• Move from feeling stuck to taking action
• Link the attributes of the body/mind/spirit

GB14 can also be beneficial for those who feel stuck or blocked in their lives. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the gallbladder meridian is associated with decision-making and the ability to take action. By stimulating GB14, you can help to promote the flow of Qi through this meridian, improving your ability to make decisions and take action towards your goals.

Furthermore, GB14 is believed to be linked to the wood element in TCM, which is associated with growth, creativity, and the ability to adapt to new situations. By stimulating this point, you can help to promote these qualities within yourself, allowing you to feel more flexible and adaptable in the face of challenges or changes in your life.

How to work with GB14

To Find:
On the forehead, about 1 inch above the middle of the eyebrow, or in the middle of your brow and hairlines. It oftentimes feels tender to the touch so that’s a great way to know you’ve found it.

How to:
With the tip of a Gua Sha or Facial Reflexology Tool locate GB14 and apply desired pressure in small circles. 10 circles in both directions is a good rule of thumb. Repeat on other side. 

In a pinch, you can use your finger. Tapping the point also is beneficial.

In Summary

Overall, stimulating GB14 can be a powerful tool for promoting physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Whether you are looking to brighten your eyes, reduce stress and tension, or feel more empowered and adaptable in your life, GB14 can be a valuable point to explore in your self-care routine.

We always suggest you check with an acupuncturist or other healthcare provider before beginning any new self-care practice to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.