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Home > Education > Acupuncture Point Location > Urinary Bladder Meridian > UB 44

Urinary Bladder 44

Chinese Name: Shentang (English translation: Spirit Hall)

Location: On the back, 3.0 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra.


  • Cardiac pain, palpitations, insomnia
  • Chest congestion, cough, asthma
  • Pain of the shoulder and back

Functions: Activates the meridian, frees the chest, calms the Shen.

Notes: UB 44 is the outer Back-Shu of the Heart. Its special feature is that it helps treat the psychological/spiritual aspect of the Heart. It is usually used to treat Anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Needling: Oblique insertion .5 - .8 cun.

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