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Home > Education > Acupuncture Point Location > Urinary Bladder Meridian > UB 17

Urinary Bladder 17

Chinese Name: Geshu (English translation: Diaphragm Shu)

Location:  On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra.

Classification: Back-Shu point of the Diaphragm
Converging point of Blood


  • Acute epigastric pain, hiccup, dysphagia, blood in the stools
  • Cough, asthma, hematemesis, hectic fever and night sweating

Functions: Invigorates the Blood, cools the Blood, nourishes the Blood, stops bleeding, descends rebellious Qi, harmonizes the diaphragm, calms the Shen.

Notes: UB 17 is a very important point to treat any blood-related conditions. Since itís the Back-Shu of the Diaphragm, it is also an important point to treat conditions related to diaphragmatic problems such as hiccups and shortness of breath. Back-Shu points are corresponding points on the back where the Qi of the respective Zang-Fu organ is infused. If the Five Zang organs are diseased, abnormal reactions appear on the Back-Shu points. Back-Shu points have a direct therapeutic effect on the diseases of the Five Zang organs. For more complete information on Back-Shu and Front-Mu points, click here.

Needling: Oblique insertion .5 - .8 cun.


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