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