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Waiguan TE5 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

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Waiguan TE5 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Waiguan TE5 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication
September 06
13:29 2018



Wai: lateral Guan: Pass
Waiguan is at an important place on the lateral aspect of the forearm like a pass.

Point: TE5
Chinese Name: 外关
Name: Waiguan
English Name/Meaning: Outer Pass
Pinyin: wài guān
Han Geul 한글: oe gwan 외관
Romaji: gai kan
Vietnamese: Ngoại quan


On the dorsal aspect of the forearm, 2 cun above the transverse crease of the the dorsum of the wrist, on the connecting Yangchi(TE4) and the tip of the elbow between the ulna and radius.


  • Dissipates wind and resolves exterior (reduce inflammation).
  • Moves Qi (pain in arm, wrist joint, migraine).
  • Regulates shaoyang ( Alternating chills and fever).


  • Waiguan in main point for headache (migraine), pain in the cheek, redness, swelling and pain in the eyes, tinnitus and deafness.
  • Pain in the hypochondriac region.
  • Febrile disease.


Slightly oblique insertion towards the ulnar side or oblique proximal or distal insertion towards the elbow or wrist respectively, 0.5 to 1.5 cun.


Luo-Connecting Point.
One of the Eight Confluent Points associating with the Yang Link Vessel.


Movement of the patient’s arm or hand after needling this point can result in a bent needle.

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