search for


Review on the Point Location and Locating Method of GB18
승령(GB18) 혈위와 취혈 방법에 대한 고찰
Korean J Acupunct 2018;35:203-209
Published online December 27, 2018;
© 2018 Society for Meridian and Acupoint.

Sungtae Koo

Department of Korean Medical Science and Division of Meridian and Structural Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University
부산대학교 한의전문대학원 한의과학과, 경락구조의학부
Correspondence to: Sungtae Koo
Department of Korean Medical Science and Division of Meridian and Structural Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan 50612, Korea
Tel: +82-51-510-8474, Fax: +82-51-510-8439, E-mail:
Received December 3, 2018; Revised December 6, 2018; Accepted December 6, 2018.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives : The GB18 belongs to one of the 92 controversial points in the development of WHO standard of acupuncture point location. The number of Chon measurement of GB18 is described differently in the A-B Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (ChimGuGakEulKyung; AB Classic) and the Complete Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion(ChimGuDaeSeong; Complete Compendium). The aim of the study is to review the point location of GB18 and compare the relation of the location of BL7. In addition, I would like to propose new locating method of GB18. 
Methods : In order to review I examined the expressions of the location of GB18 and the mapping location on the acupuncture chart in the landmark classic acupuncture literatures. 
Results : In the most literatures, the location of GB18 was described by the distance from the GB17. The distance was 1.5 chon with one exception of 1 chon. The intervals from GB15 to GB18 was 1 chon or 1.5 chon. Although the distance from the anterior hairline is the same as 4 chon, mapping points of GB18 and BL7 on the acupuncture chart were different.
Conclusions : Consequently, in the AB Classic, meaning of the location is the actual distance of scalp surface. In the Complete Compendium, however, meaning of the location is the hypothetical distance in the imaginary scalp surface. Therefore, it is safe to find the GB18 on the same level with GV20 on the connecting line of bilateral auricular apexes. The relation of GB18 and BL7 should be reconsidered.
Keywords: acupuncture point location, GB18, bone measurement, gallbladder channel

December 2018, 35 (4)
Full Text(PDF) Free

Cited By Articles
  • CrossRef (0)
Social Network Service