Waiguan TE5 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication

Waiguan-TE5
Waiguan-TE5

Nomenclature:

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

Location:

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.

Functions:

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

Indication:

  • 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.

Method:

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.

Remarks:

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

Precaution:

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

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

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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