Known as the 'Honorable Minister', the gall bladder is in charge of the 'Central Clearing Department'. It secretes the pure and potent bile fluids required to digest and metabolize fats and oils, and its energy provides muscular strength and vitality.
It works with the lymphatic system to clear toxic by-products of metabolism from the muscular system, thereby eliminating muscular aches and fatigue. In the Chinese system, the common tension headache is caused by obstruction in the gall-bladder meridian, which runs up over the shoulders and back of the neck to the top of the head and forehead. Hence such headaches are usually accompanied by neck and shoulder tension.
The gall bladder governs daring and decisiveness. In Chinese, the word for 'daring' is da dan ('big gall'). The English language also acknowledges this psychophysiological relationship with the phrase 'a lot of gall'. An old Chinese adage states: 'The gall bladder is daring, the heart is careful', which reflects the stimulating generative influence of Wood to Fire.
Passage with points
The meridian originates from the outer canthus (GB 1) ascends to the corner of the forehead curves downward to the retroauricular region runs along the lateral neck to the shoulder turns back and traverses down to the supraclavicular fossa from there descends along the lateral aspect of the chest passes in front of the axilla goes through the free ends of the floating ribs reaches the hip region (GB 30).
The branch arising from the retroauricular region enters the ear comes out and passes through the preauricular region arrives in the posterior aspect of the outer canthus.
The branch from the gallbladder runs inside the hypochondriac region comes out from the lateral side of the lower abdomen near the femoral artery in the inguinal region from there runs superficially along the margin of the pubic hair goes transversely into the hip region to meet the previous branch then descends along
the lateral aspect of the thigh and knee goes further downward along the anterior border of the fibula passes in front of the lateral malleolus follows the dorsum of the foot terminates at the lateral side of the tip of the 4th toe (GB 44).
Passage without points
The branch arising from the outer canthus runs downward to ST 5 meets the triple warmer meridian in the infraorbital region passes through ST 6 descends to the neck enters the supraclavicular fossa, where it meets the main meridian.
The branch from the supraclavicular fossa descends to the chest passes through the diaphragm connects with the liver enters its pertaining organ the gallbladder.
The branch from the dorsum of the foot springs from GB 41 runs between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones to the distal portion of the great toe terminates at its hairy region, where it links with the liver meridian.