Intelligence network – conveying the evolutionary structure of somite reticulation – the Shu point system (the regulation of cities and regions – Zhou Du)
Connection with Yang Qiao
Descent of Shen into form
The Bladder channel disperses cold on the surface by warming and discharging or venting the exterior – Xu Fa Biao 喣 發 表
The Bladder channel disperses cold from the exterior by warming the skin via the ‘interstices’ (the space between the skin and muscles) the ‘Cou Li’ 腠 理 . This makes us think of the physiological function of temperature regulation through capillary vasodilation and vasoconstriction.
The Bladder is ‘Zhou Du Zhi Guan’ 州 都 之 官 The official who is the administrative capital of waterways.
‘Jin Ye Cang Yan’ ‘津 液 藏 焉’ ‘(precious) thin and thick fluids are stored’
A way to see this is that the bladder enables the Water force to penetrate the Zang organs, (think Shu point system) thereby generating the Jin Ye, the various fluids of the body.
‘Qi Hua Ze Neng Chu Yi’ 氣化 則 能 出 矣 The transformations of Qi – Qi Hua 氣 化 are issued forth as a result of the principles or rules of strength.
Fortitude, projection of power outwards, physically robust, vigorous and brave quality, the Yang aspect of the Kidney Yang. Qi is produced from its action.
Lack of physical fear, physical bravery or addiction to dangerous sports etc
The first line of defense
The Bladder channel provides comfort and freedom of movement. In its pathological state it is prone to blockage – Bi 閉 and discomfort
Animal: Horse
Branch: Shen two hands stretching a rope between them
Time: 3 PM to 5 PM opposite Lung channel – sinuses
posterior pituitary – oxytocin ADH
Seventh Station of the Cross: Jesus falls the second time
Tree of Life – fifth branch on the right
Shen – U.B. the wonder of his resurrection. On the ninth branch, the novelty of his resurrection embellished with remarkable gifts

Point Differentiation for the Foot Tai Yang Urinary Bladder Channel.
The U.B. Channel has little to do with the Urinary Bladder itself. Due to the course of the Channel it can treat any back and spinal symptoms. It can clear wind and heat affecting the eyes, nose, head and face, and it treats many leg problems.

The U.B. Channel affects all the Zang Fu through the back Shu points. U.B. 11-13 clear Wind and benefit the Lung,
U.B. 14-15 calm the Spirit affect the Heart,
U.B. 17-22 affect the Middle Jiao,
U.B. 23-35 treats the lower Jiao,
U.B. 36-60 treat the anus, lumbar region and leg and foot.
U.B. 58-67 treat the distal portions of the Channel, removing blocked Qi from the head, neck, back and spinal portions of the Channel.
U.B. 58-67 also treat excess conditions of Wind and Heat, (Tai Yang phase)
and internal Wind and Yang uprising (connects to spine, Governor vessel and brain) affecting the Head, brain, sense organs and Shen Spirit. (there is a connection to the Heart via the divergent channel and to the head and brain via the internal branches of the Channel. The outer U.B. Channel line also addresses the Shen-spirit) .
The Channel is most noted for treating alternating fever and chills, headache, nasal conditions, eye conditions, stiff neck, spinal pain, lumbar pain, sacral and pelvic pain and pain along the back of the leg and foot.


U.B. 1 Crossing point of the SI. St. GB. TB. And UB channels and the Governor, Conception, Yin Qiao and Yang Qiao extra Channels
Jing Ming Bright Eyes Eyes Bright Eye’s Clarity
The name refers to the energetic function on the eyes and vision as well as it’s location. (I&F),(GTW)
The Spiritual Axis states “the essential Qi of the five viscera and six bowels flows up into the eyes to manifest as essence.”

UB. 1 Expels Wind and Heat from the Eyes in External Invasion treating conjunctivitis with red, swollen, eyes and lacrimation (tearing) on exposure to Wind, pointerygium etc.
UB. 1 also clears Liver Fire from the Eyes treating conjunctivitis with red, swollen, eyes, lacrimation, headache around or behind the eyes, glaucoma, retinal hemorrhage etc.
UB. 1 treats Liver Yin and Blood deficiency causing dry eyes, sensitivity to bright light (photophobia), blurred vision, floaters, visual dizziness and night blindness.
UB. 1 treats Kidney Yin, Jing and/or Qi deficiency with color blindness, night blindness, near sightedness, age related visual impairment, opointic nerve atrophy, astigmatism etc.
Balances the Yin and Yang circle of the Yin and Yang Qiao extra Channels, so can be used for insomnia or chronic somnolence in combination with either U.B. 62 or K.6. (G. M.) this combination also for post concussion syndromes and dizziness and epilepsy. (J.R..)
Stimulates pituitary functions to improve adrenal cortex and sex hormone functioning (R.L. and O.I.C.S.)
An ancient name for UB. 1 is Ming Men ‘Life Gate’ (Same as GV. 4) referring to the metabolism of the whole body. UB. 1 Has proximity to the hypothalamus and pituitary, glands that control the whole endocrine system.
U.B. 1 is more powerful than U.B. 2 for eye problems, endocrine balance and insomnia. U.B. 2 is safer to use and better for nasal and facial problems. (J.R.).
Meeting (reunion) point of the Sp. And St. and SI. and Heart divergent Channels (R. Low).

Perpendicular insertion 0.2- 0.3 cun is favored by many practitioners as it is relatively safe. The point can be needled 0.5-1 cun using the following method: The patient is instructed to look in the direction away from the needle (i.e. when needling the right eye the patient looks all the way to the right and vice-versa). The practitioner gently pushes the eyeball to the lateral side of the eye and maintains a gentle pressure throughout the time of needling. The needle is inserted perpendicularly with no stimulation at all. On removing the needle the point is immediately pressed firmly for a minute with a cotton ball to prevent hematoma. It is very easy to cause a black eye when needling points around the eye.


UB. 2
Zan Zhu Gathered Bamboo Gather Bamboo
Bamboo Gathering reflects the location at the end of the eyebrow. (GTW)/(I&F)
UB. 2 Reinforces Kidney Water and Nourishes Liver Wood to benefit the eyes and face.
UB. 2 is well known for treating sinus related eye symptoms and sinus headaches.
UB. 2 expels Wind Heat from the face and treats facial paralysis, tics, trigeminal neuralgia.
UB. 2 treats patterns of Liver Blood deficiency affecting the eyes- treating floaters, dry eyes, blurred vision etc.
UB. 2 is a special acting point for the bones (O.I.C.S.
UB. 2 is needled with transverse oblique insertion inferiorly towards UB. 1.
UB. 2 can also be needled laterally to join with extra point Yu Yao for supra-orbital pain.
UB. 2 can also be bled to Clear Heat.

Mei Chong Eyebrows pouring Eyebrow Ascension
Eyebrow Ascension refers to the Qi which rises up from the eyebrow to this point. (GTW)
Headaches, nasal congestion, epilepsy, agitation and fullness of the Heart

Qu Chai Crooked Curve Deviating Turn
Deviating Turn reflects this point’s location askew from the line of the channel. (GTW) 
Headaches, nasal congestion, nose bleed, rhinitis, eye diseases, epilepsy, agitation and fullness of the Heart

U.B. 5
Wu Chu Fifth Place Five Places
Fifth Place refers to this point’s position on the bladder channel as UB. 5. (GTW)
Treats internal Wind – epilepsy, convulsions, rigidity of spine in febrile convulsions, opisthotonos.
Subdues internal Wind affecting the Du Channel. (GM)
Treats Wind-Stroke to restore consciousness in an acute attack (GM)

Cheng Guang Receiving Light Support Light Light Guard
Light Guard refers to the function of protecting the eyesight and treats related disorders. Receiving light reminds us of the location at the top of the head. (GTW)
Vertex headaches, Wind-dizziness
Eye diseases – Superficial visual obstruction, blurred vision, short-sightedness
Nose – nasal congestion, copious nasal discharge, anosmia (loss of the sense of smell),
Heart – agitation and fullness of the Heart, febrile disease with no sweating, vomiting.

U.B. 7 
Tong Tian Reaching Heaven Heavenly Connection Penetrating Heaven
Celestial Connection
Penetrating Heaven refers to the channel Qi which penetrates and communicates with the highest reaches of heaven (GV-20). (I&F)
Tong Tian was the name of a hat fastened to the head over this point. (I&F)
Celestial Connection refers to the connecting vessel that runs from UB-7 to GV-20. (GTW)

treats nasal conditions – rhinitis, anosmia, epistaxis etc.
Treats vertex headache (from Liver Yang uprising, Liver Wind Stirring or Liver Blood deficiency).
Internal Wind – Treats internal Wind with convulsions and unconsciousness. Can clear the eyes.
Sinuses – Can clear phlegm obstructing the upper portions of the body – profuse nasal discharge, heavy head, swollen face, goiter and dyspnea.
A branch of the U.B. Channel passes close by here from G.V. 20 at the vertex to above the ear to connect with the G. B. Channel. Therefore it treats dizziness or vertex headache from Liver Yang Uprising, in preference to G.V. 20, when the tension from Liver Yang is also affecting the neck, shoulders and eyes. (J.R.)

Luo Que Declining Connection Decline
Declining Connection refers to the path of the UB channel as it makes a steep decline after crossing the vertex of the head.
Luo are small red vessels in the eye which this point can cause to recede.

Tinnitus, Wind-dizziness, vomiting, goiter.
Eye diseases – blurred vision,
Nose – rhinitis, copious nasal discharge
Heart/Shen – Manic depression, mad walking, epilepsy, disorientation.
Formally a forbidden point
Releases tight joints


U.B. 9
Yu Zhen Jade Pillow
Jade Pillow refers to the location on the occipital protuberance.
Occipital headache, -from Wind invasion or Internal Wind. eye pain and nasal conditions, epilepsy. Collapse on sudden standing.

U.B. 10
Tian Zhu Heaven’s Pillar Celestial Pillar
Heaven’s Pillar refers to the location near the upper cervical region and the surrounding muscles which support the head like a pillar. It also refers to the function of treating disorders of the neck. (GTW)/(I&F)

Window of Sky point
Window of Sky point- treats Rebellious Qi rising to the head – with dizziness, convulsions, inversion headache, inability of the Legs to support the body. Treats Occipital headache, stiffness of the neck, eye pain, pain in the shoulder and back- from external Wind Heat or Wind Cold, but more from internal Wind (In contrast to GB 20 which treats similar symptoms caused primarily by External Wind ). The U.B. channel emerges from the brain here- so can treat memory and concentration problems. This point is often used for headache or inversion Qi accompanying Lumbar pain and acute muscle spasms, and to treat acute lumbar pain. (This lower deficiency and upper excess can be seen in inversion Qi states). This point is a Window of Sky point and Sea of Qi point (along with C.V. 17 and St. 9) so addresses such inversion Qi. Can treat diminished vision from Kidney deficiency (G.M.) U.B. and Kidney Channel divergent pathways unite here (R.L.) Good point for mental or emotional stress esp. sadness Combine with U.B. 11 (R.S .)Regulates the medulla and cerebellum- for energy, orientation, sex drive, blood pressure (F.Mann.). affects sympathetic-parasympathetic balance (OICS)

Da Zhu Big Shuttle Big Reed Great Shuttle
Great Shuttle refers to the the location near T-1.
Hui Meeting point of the bones
(the U.B. channel connects here to the G.V. extra-Channel, as well as the S.I., GB, and TB. Channels)
(this point is in close proximity and posterior to the location of the thyroid and parathyroid glands which, in Western physiological understanding, through the mediation of calcitonin and parathyroid hormone, regulate bone formation and resorpointion).
UB. 11 as the Hui Influential point of the Bones treats rigidity of the neck and spine, bony bi pain in the upper arms, shoulders and scapula. Lumbar and knee pain.
UB. 11 is Similar to U.B 12 in its ability to

1/ expel Excess Wind Cold penetration of the Tai Yang and Wind invasion of head, neck and upper back (for which it is often cupped with UB. 12 and UB. 13) (it is a U.B. and S.I. Channel crossing point). It can also be used to expel Wind Heat.
2/ Regulate the chest and Lungs (along with U.B. 12, St. 12 and Lu. 1, it is listed as a special point to clear heat from the chest in the Nei Jing Su Wen) -treating coughing, dyspnea etc.
3/ To firm the Exterior in deficiency of the Wei Qi with suscepointibility to Catch Wind Cold, pores of the skin not closing etc. (for which use moxa)

It is a point of the Sea of Blood (along with St. 37 and St. 39) and it therefore strengthens the common Jing source of both marrow (Bones) and Blood. As such it treat generalized muscular ache from Wind Bi pain. (an example of balancing Ying and Wei by tonifying Blood).

Madness with contraction of the sinews (Nei Jing Ling Shu).
Nervous agitation (F.MANN.), Leukemia, anemia (R.S.), Parathyroid (OICS).


Feng Men Wind’s Door Wind Gate
Wind Gate refers to the importance this point has in regulating and dispersing external pathogenic Wind that has entered here. (I&F)/(GTW)
Expels Wind from Exterior portions. (Tai Yang). Wind cold or wind heat invasion of head, neck, upper back, nose and Lungs. Strengthens Wei Qi. Esp. for Wind cold invasion- stuffy nose, sneezing, chills, aversion to cold and headache. It is often cupped for this.
Tonifies (Firms) the Wei Qi – to treat suscepointibility to catching colds. U.B. 12 is more for the exterior aspects of the Lung whereas Lu. 13 strengthens the more interior aspects. U.B. 12 is good for nasal problems– nasal blockage and discharge, nosebleed, and allergic rhinitis (often the result of concomitant Lung and Wei Qi deficiency- both of which U.B. 12 can treat).
Can also treat sores, carbuncles and acne on back.

U.B 13
Fei Shu Lung’s Hollow Lung Shu
Lung’s Hollow refers to this point’s function to regulate the lungs. (I&F)/(GTW)
Back Shu point of the Lungs
Tonifies Lung Qi deficiency – weak cough, dyspnea, asthma and shortness of breath worse on exertion, no desire to speak.
Tonifies Lung Yin deficiency – dry cough or asthma, dry throat and mouth, even coughing blood, tuberculosis of the lungs with night sweats, steaming bones (a subjective feeling of Heat emanating from the bones, often seen in tuberculosis, Influenza etc.)
Clears Lung Heat – more for heat at the Qi level or Yang Ming level that has penetrated to the Lung itself. It also clears Hot Phlegm and toxic Heat in Lung abscess, coughing with phlegm and Lungs filling with phlegm.
Clears Wind invasion of the Lungs – The keynote sympointom for its use in External Wind Heat or Wind Cold is coughing. U.B. 13 is also used to harmonize the Ying and Wei Qi in sweating that does not release the external pathogen, such as in night sweats in external Wind invasion or in Qi deficiency sweating.
Clears Heat from the Heart – Classically used for suicidal desires (aggression turned towards the self (Y.R.)), mad walking and mania. Lung Heat easily enters the Heart. Can also be used for insomnia (Dr. So) and boredom (F.MANN.)
Descends the Stomach Qi – Used for vomiting with coughing or dyspnea in concomitant Lung and Stomach Qi both not descending.
Skin disorders – The Lungs are said to rule the skin. Indicated for itching and urticaria.
Back Pain- Can treat scoliosis, ‘turtle back’- thoracic kyphosis and lumbar pain.


U.B. 14
Jue Yin Shu Jue Yin Shu Absolute Yin’s Hollow
Absolute Yin Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the absolute yin channel of the Pericardium connecting vessel. It is the Pericardium connecting vessel that has a shu point and not the organ itself. When these points were named the Pericardium was not yet considered a separate organ. (GTW)
Back Shu Point of the Pericardium.
Treats Heart and chest conditions- is often paired with U.B. 15 to regulate the Heart for arrhythmia, tachycardia, angina and coronary artery disease.
Helps unbind Liver Qi (name is Jue Yin Shu)- treats intercostal neuralgia, hiccups. This point can assist in descending rebellious Qi due to liver fire invading the Lungs -coughing, or the Stomach -vomiting.
Toothache in the molars, heat stroke. (F.MANN.) It clears somatic heart fire (ATRSG.) Listed in (CAM) for neurasthenia, probably because it unbinds the Liver Qi and Clears Heat from the Pericardium.
UB. 14 and UB. 43 are known as the Emotional center on the back. Liv. 1 is useful to release tension here (Kiiko Matsumoto)


U.B. 15
Xin Shu Heart Shu Heart’s Hollow
Heart’s Hollow refers to this points relationship to the H. (I&F)/(GTW)

Back Shu Point of the Heart
Tonifies all Heart deficiencies – of Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang.
Treats all Excesses related to the Heart
21 Heart Blood stagnation – organic Heart disease, arrhythmias, angina etc.
22 Heart Fire – spirit agitation, excessive dreaming etc.
23 Phlegm obstructing the Heart orifices – epilepsy, loss of consciousness, depression, disturbed speech, confusion.
Clears both excess and deficiency Heat – but it is most effective for calming the mind when it is agitated from excess Heat – Insomnia, anxiety, agitation and panic.


U.B. 16
Du Shu Governing Hollow Governor Shu
Governing Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the Governing Vessel, especially to drain excess. (I&F)

Governor Vessel Shu.
Treats skin disorders, heart pain, breast disorders. Not used much.

U.B. 17
Ge Shu Diaphragm’s Hollow Diaphragm Shu
Diaphragm’s Hollow refers to it’s relationship to the diaphram. (I&F)/(GTW)

Meeting point of the Blood Diaphragm Shu Point
– Treats all disorders of blood- Blood stagnation, deficiency, heat, and bleeding –
 This point is stronger for clearing blood stagnation and Heat, and weaker for treating blood deficiency.
– UB. 17 is especially for Blood Stagnation affecting the Heart and coronary arteries. It is indicated for blood stagnation masses in the Stomach, Bi pain of the whole body as well as anemia, night sweats, tidal fever and other disorders reflective of either blood stagnation or deficiency. It is strongly indicated for bleeding especially in the upper part of the body – coughing blood, nose bleed, vomiting blood, blood in the stools etc.
– As the diaphragm Shu point it moves Qi in the diaphragm and chest opening up both the upper and middle Jiao, so treats stomach and epigastric pain, vomiting, fullness of the abdomen and lateral costal region, pleurisy, esophageal problems and swallowing difficulty, heart burn, gastroesophageal reflux, etc.
UB. 17 is often used with UB. 18 to spread the Liver Qi in Liver Qi Stagnation.
– Lastly, because it has an effect on the blood, U.B. 17 is indicated for skin disorders – psoriasis, eczema, acne etc.
Between UB. 17 and UB. 18 is the eighth thoracic vertebra, classically not counted. Nowadays there is an extra point 1 ½ cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of T8 which is known as YiShu ‘Pancreas Shu’ and it is used by some in TCM palpation as a reflex of the Pancreas and a point for treating the pancreas organ.

U.B. 18 
Gan Shu Liver’s Hollow Liver Shu
Liver Hollow refers to the Liver. (I&F)

Back Shu Point of the Liver
Benefits the Liver and Gall Bladder – hepatitis, abdominal pain, distention, masses
Cools damp heat – jaundice, hepatitis, cholecystitis
clears Liver fire anger, depression, frustration, manic depression, epilepsy.Also nose bleed, vomiting blood, coughing blood etc.
moves stagnant Liver Qi – abdominal, hypogastric and lateral costal fullness and pain, etc. It spreads the Liver Qi. Good for Wood attacking Earth. Also treats menstrual irregularities,
Benefits the sinews tight shoulders, neck and upper back. Lower back pain, cramping, tightness of the sinews, spasm and tetany.
benefits the eyes. Red eyes from liver heat, tired eyes, night blindness, spots in the visual field, etc. from Liver Blood deficiency.

U.B. 19
Dan Shu Gall Bladder’s Hollow Gall Bladder Shu
Gall Bladder’s Hollow refers to the relationship with the Gall Bladder. (I&F)

Back Shu Point of the Gall Bladder
clears damp and Heat from the Liver and Gall Bladder.
 – treats hepatitis, cholecystitis, gastritis.
Calms the Stomach- belching, upper abdominal distention, nausea, bitter taste in the mouth. Regulates the middle burner Qi, expands the diaphragm, and
Clears external pathogenic influences from the Shao yang level – alternating fever and chills, dry throat, bitter taste in the mouth, nausea and vomiting etc.
Treats the Spirit – for fright, palpitations, restless sleep, timidity, indecision, muscular tension from Gall Bladder Qi deficiency.
(Gall Bladder Qi Deficiency leads to over cautiousness based on fear, as in being easily startled. Afraid to ‘take a stand’ the patient is thus very indecisive.)

U.B. 20
Pi Shu Spleen’s Hollow Spleen Shu
Spleen Hollow refers to the relationship to the SP. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Spleen
All functions of this point result from some deficiency of Spleen Qi.
Tonifies Spleen Qi and strengthens digestion – undigested food in the stools, diarrhea, lack of appetite, obesity or inability to put on weight.
Tonifies Spleen Yang – Great fatigue, cold hands and feet, prolapse, hemorrhage and distention. (moxa is commonly used to strengthen the Yang Qi)
Drains Damp – heavy body, edema, lassitude, sleepiness, diarrhea and dysentery, jaundice.
Holds the Blood – any chronic hemorrhage- uterine bleeding or abnormal menstrual bleeding, blood in the stools or urine.
Raises Spleen Qi – for prolapse- Uterine, Stomach, internal organ pointosis.
Benefits the Qi and Blood – Is used as a supplemental point to tonify Qi and Blood as the Spleen is so central to the formation of Qi and Blood – anemia
Moves Middle Jiao Qi Stagnation – focal distention, abdominal masses, lateral costal pain, Liver-Spleen disharmony – hepatitis.
Disharmony of he Spleen and Stomach – nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, epigastric and abdominal distention.

Wei Shu Stomach’s Hollow Stomach Shu
Stomach’s Hollow refers to the relationship to the Stomach. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Stomach

Descends stomach Rebellious Qi – esophageal reflux (heartburn), regurgitation, belching, hiccup, nausea and vomiting, vomiting in the morning (Stomach time).
Treats Failure of the Stomach descending function – distention, fullness, pain in the epigastrium and abdomen
Treats Spleen and Stomach disharmony – sudden turmoil disorder- vomiting and diarrhea, borborygmus, edema.
Treats disorders of hunger and appetite – poor appetite (Spleen and Stomach Qi deficiency), have appetite but can only eat a small amount before they feel full (Stomach yin deficiency), excessive eating with no weight gain or insufficient bodyweight (Stomach Heat), poor appetite and difficult ingestion Treats Food Stagnation excess accumulation of food, damp or cold leading to stagnation of food in the Stomach.
Abdominal masses (Stagnant blood)
dim vision (Spleen Stomach Qi and Blood deficiency).
U.B. 21 is more for descending Qi and U.B. 20 more for raising Qi. Compared to St. 36, U.B. 21 has very few indications for tonification of deficiency.

U.B. 22 
San Jiao Shu San Jiao’s Hollow San Jiao Shu
San Jiao Hollow refers to the relationship with the San Jiao. (I&F)

Back Shu Point of the San Jiao
Regulates the Qi of the middle and lower Jiao –
Regulates the Qi of the Spleen and Stomach in the middle Jiao and the Intestines in the Lower Jiao- abdominal distention, borborygmus, diarrhea and dysentery, undigested food in the stools, abdominal and hypogastric masses..
Regulates the Qi of the Spleen in the middle Jiao and the Kidneys and Bladder in the Lower Jiao – edema, difficult urination, blood in the urine, edema of the legs.
Clears Shao Yang Level Fever – alternating fever and chills, bitter taste in the mouth, vertigo and headache.
Main point for abdominal masses. Affects the adrenals in hypoglycemia, diabetes. (R.S.)

U.B. 23
Shen Shu Kidney’s Hollow Kidney Shu
Kidney Hollow refers to the relationship to the Kidney. (I&F)

Back Shu Point of the Kidneys
Tonifies Kidney Qi Deficiency –
 Lumbar pain, weak and sore knees and legs, fatigue, low sex drive, poor circulation, lack of initiative.
Tonifies Kidney Jing Deficiency – impotence, infertility, no desire for sex, senility, failure to thrive, alopecia (balding), atrophy syndrome, hemiplegia.
Tonifies Kidney Yang Deficiency – lumbar and leg pain and cold, impotence and infertility, no desire for sex, chronic diarrhea, early morning diarrhea (cock’s crow diarrhea)
Tonifies Kidney Yin Deficiency – emaciation, wasting and thirsting, hot soles and palms, malar flush, night sweats, low grade fever worsening in the afternoon, overly busy, always rushing, easily distracted.
Controls the two lower Yin openings – premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, dripping urine, enuresis, turbid urine.
Controls water metabolism – edema, urinary stones
Benefits the Bones – hot or cold in the bones, arthritic bone deformities, osteoporosis, osteomalacia.
Regulates the Uterus – irregularmenses, cold uterus, leucorrhea.
Grasps the Qi – asthma, cough, dyspnea.
Benefits the Ears – only for ear symptoms from Kidney deficiency syndromes- tinnitus, deafness.
Nourishes the Eyes – night blindness, blurred vision, visual dizziness.
Nourishes the Brain and Marrow – vertigo, poor memory, tinnitus, weak legs, blurred vision, fatigue, somnolence, anemia.
Strengthens the Will – lack of will power, negativity, depression, lack of initiative.


U.B. 24 
Qi Hai Shu Sea of Qi Hollow Sea of Qi Shu C.V. 6 Shu
Sea of Qi Hollow refers to the relationship this point had with CV-6, and its usefulness in regulating the Qi and Blood. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Qi Hai (C.V. 6)
Regulates QI and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Jiao – dysmenorrhea, irregular menses, leucorrhea, bleeding hemorrhoids, diarrhea, blood in the stools, uterine bleeding, local point for lower back pain.


««« U.B. 25
Da Chang Shu Large Intestine’s Hollow Large Intestine Shu
Large Intestine Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the Large Intestine. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Large Intestine
Firms and Tonifies the Intestines –
 loose stools, diarrhea, undigested food in the stools, blood in the stools, borborygmus, hemorrhoids, tenasmus, rectal prolapse.
Moves Stagnation of Qi, Blood, Damp, Damp-Heat and Heat Poison – distention, blockage, pain, cutting pain, fullness, constipation, diarrhea dysentery, intestinal abscess, parasites,
Treats Lower Back Pain – especially with disc involvement or with constipation.

U.B. 26
Guan Yuan Shu Hollow at the Hinge of the Source Gate of Origin Shu
C.V. 4 Shu
Hollow at the Hinge refers to the point’s relationship to the Hinge at the Source(CV-4) and the surrounding area. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Guan Yuan (C.V. 4)
Treats Lumbar pain from any cause
, but especially from ‘Wind Taxation’- External Wind or Wind damp invasion with underlying Kidney deficiency.
Tonifies Kidney Qi – wasting and thirsting, deficiency distention, diarrhea, urinary disorders, anemia.

U.B. 27 
Xiao Chang Shu Small Intestine’s Hollow Small Intestine Shu
Small Intestine Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the Small Intestine. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Small Intestine
Drains damp and damp heat from the Intestines –
 diarrhea and dysentery, blood and mucous in the stools, constipation and hemorrhoids.
Drains damp and damp heat from the Bladder and clears Heart Heat transmitted to the Urinary Bladder via the Small Intestine – dark yellow urine, enuresis, retention of urine, hematuria, Shen agitated.
Drains damp and damp heat from the Lower Jiao – leucorrhea, seminal emission, swollen feet.
Clears Small Intestine Qi (Shan) Pain – (looks like hernia) – Lower abdominal pain, borborygmus, peritonitis, pain which radiates from the lower abdomen to the testicles or lumbar spine, pain around the navel, pain in the testicles radiating to the back.
Treats Lumbar and sacral pain – especially sacroiliac joint pain.

U.B. 28
Pang Guang Shu Urinary Bladder’s Hollow Urinary Bladder Shu
Bladder’s Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the bladder. (I&F)
Back Shu Point of the Urinary Bladder
Clears Heat from the Bladder –
 painful, burning urination
Drains Damp Heat from the Bladder – dysuria, difficulty urinating, hesitant or frequent urination with scanty, dark flow.
Drains Damp Heat from the Intestines – diarrhea
Drains Damp Heat from the Genitals – swelling, pain, ulceration, damp itching, vaginitis.
Treats Lumbar and sacral pain – sciatic pain,‘Wind Taxation’- External Wind or Wind damp invasion with underlying Kidney deficiency, weakness of the legs or knees, seminal emission
Moves Qi and Blood stagnation in the Lower Jiao – abdominal pain, abdominal masses, hard masses, constipation, difficult defecation and tenasmus, helps expel stones.

U.B. 29 
Zhong Lu Shu Mid-Spine Hollow Mid Spine Shu
Central Spine Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the entire vertebral column. (I&F)
Pain in the mid to upper back. Dispels cold – tenasmus, hernia, shan disorder,
Tonifies Kidneys – wasting and thirsting.

U.B. 30 
Bai Huan Shu White Circle’s Hollow White Ring Transporting White Ring Shu
White Ring Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the sphincter muscles. (I&F)
like most sacral points it treats the lower back and sacrum locally while addressing the reproductive and urogenital organs.
Regulates the Uterus – irregular menses,, dysmenorrhea, uterine bleeding, infertility.
Tonifies the Kidneys – seminal emission, lumbar pain and pain in the legs and knees.
Regulates the two Yin openings – difficult defecation or urination, anal prolapse, fecal incontinence, red or white vaginal discharge, shan disorder.

U.B. 31-34 
The Ba Liao Points Eight Crevices Eight Seams.
Eight Foramina refers to a group of points located in the sacral foramina. (I&F)
U.B. 32 is the most widely used of the Ba Liao points. U.B.31 and 32 are used most for gynecological problems, to promote labor, and to move blood stasis in the uterus. U.B.32 and 33 affect the urogenital system, and treat U.B. channel blockage- lumbar and sacral pain, sciatica etc. U.B. 34 affects more the genitals, and the rectum and anus.
Regulate the Lower Jiao – The Urinary system (U.B. 31, 32 and 33, but U.B. 32 is used the most. painful urination, retention, difficult urination (all points), enuresis.
Regulate the Lower Jiao – the Intestines – (all four, U.B. 34 being the most indicated) – difficult defecation (all points), blood in the stool, diarrhea and borborygmus
Regulate the Lower Jiao – Gynecological – (all four, but U.B. 32 used the most. – dysmenorrhea, leucorrhea, irregular menstruation and infertility, to induce labor.
Regulate the Lower Jiao – the Genitals (U.B. 34 is the most indicated) – swelling and pain, vaginal and testicular pain.
Tonify the Kidneys especially the Kidney Jing. (all points, but most indicated in U.B. 32) Kidney tonification is implied in many of the indications – impotence, infertility, spermatorrhea, difficulty voiding, lumbar and sacral atrophy disorder.
Treat Lumbar and sacral pain (all points, especially U.B. 32 and 33) – lumbo-sacral pain, atrophy disorder, Bi pain of the legs etc.
U.B. 33 has more of an influence on the Bladder -G.M.)
U.B. 32 raises Qi for Uterine or anal prolapse -G.M.)
U.B. 33 is a crossing point of the Liver and Gall Bladder Channels with the Urinary Bladder Channel -ATRSG.


U.B. 35
Hui Yang Meeting of Yang
Meeting of Yang refers to the location next to GV-1 where the yang Qi gathers at the base of the spine. (I&F)
Treats the anus, hemorrhoids, coccyx.

U.B. 36
Cheng Fu Hold and Support
Bearing Support reflects this point’s anatomical and functional support of the trunk and upper body.(I&F) 
Treats Lumbar pain, genitals, hemorrhoids,

Yin Men Gate of Abundance Huge Gate
Gate of Abundance reflects the location on the back of the upper leg which influences the abundant musculature around this point. (I&F)/(GTW)
Treats Lumbar pain, sciatica, atrophy of lower limb etc
Some traditions use these upper leg U.B. points to treat the upper back or neck and back of the head, in much the same way that U.B. 9 and 10 can be used to treat leg pain.

Fu Xi Superficial Cleft

U.B. 39
Wei Yang Commission of the Yang Supporting Yang Outside of the Crook
Entrusting Yang refers to this point’s duty of regulating the Yang Qi which gathers here and it’s location on the Yang side of the bend of the knee. (I&F)/(GTW)
Lower He Sea of the San Jiao so relates to fluid balance and water metabolism.
treats urinary disorders- enuresis, retention, cystitis. some systemic San Jiao syndromes- fullness in chest and abdomen, edema.

U.B. 40 
Wei Zhong Commission of the Middle Supporting Middle Middle of the Crook
Entrusting Middle suggests this point’s duty of regulating the middle Qi which gathers here.
Middle reflects it’s classification as an earth point as well as its location on the popliteal fossa. (I&F)

He Sea Earth point, control point, of the U.B. Channel

Clears damp and heat- enuresis, summer heat injury, dysenteric and sudden turmoil disorders- acute fever, delirium etc.
Can clear Heat in the Stomach and Intestines with bleeding ulcers, pain, inflammation and swelling in the Intestines and vomiting
Cools the blood- nosebleed., carbuncles, skin problems.(He Sea function)
Is a main point for lumbar sprain, esp. when acute and excess.
Treats blood stagnation, deficiency and atrophy conditions of the pelvis, anus- (hemorrhoids), knee and legs.
With UB. 10 opens the UB. Channel on the back. With UB. 37 treats Lower Back Pain, UB. 40 treats mid-back pain and UB. 57 treats uipper back pain (J.C.)
treats Kidney Fear (AJ)
Draining point use cautiously in deficiency (GM)
Lumbar disc herniation. Have Point. Move lower back within pain free range while you stimulate this point (DL)
Mentioned in the Nei Jing Su Wen as one of the Eight points for draining Heat from the Extremities only seven are mentioned! (Lu.,2 LI.15, UB. 40, G.V. 2)


U.B. 41
Fu Fen Appended Part Attached Branch
Attached Branch is the first point on the second line of the UB channel which appears like an extra branch. (GTW)
Disperses Wind and Cold, Strengthens Tendons and Bones
Treats Wind Cold, Wind Taxation, contraction of the shoulder, scapula and back

Special Point for the middle Ear (OICS)

U.B. 42
Po Hu Soul’s Household Door of the Corporeal Soul Door of the Po
Door of the Po reflects it’s location and function in relation to the Lung Shu point. It governs the Po. (I&F)/(GTW)
Tonifies Lungs. esp. For severe deficiency, treating lung consumpointion, lung atrophy, deficiency taxation, coughing with heat, dyspnea.
Treats the spirit aspect of the Lungs- grief, sadness, depression, three corpse possession disorder.
Can send the Lung Qi down in cough and asthma.
Can greatly relieve pain and stiffness of the upper back and scapula.
Soothes the Shen and nourishes the Qi dispersed by long periods of sadness and grief (GM)
The Nei Jing Su Wen chapointer 61 says that the 5 outer Bladder Points corresponding to the Five Zang organs can clear Heat from the Five Zang Organs
Classical indications of this point predominantly reflect its use in nourishing and tonifying the lung (MoA)


U.B. 43 
Gao Huang Shu Vital’s Hollow Vitals Shu Vital Region Shu
Fatty Vital Hollow
Fatty Vital Hollow refers to this point’s relationship to the innermost part of the body, thought to be the fatty tissue between the Heart and diaphragm which will defy all cure if affected by disease.
]Taoists claimed that proper use of this point produced immortality. (I&F)

The Gao Huang is the space between the Heart and Diaphragm- the location of all chronic and incurable disease
Treats all chronic disease with deficiency.
Treats both Yin and Yang Deficiency.
Tonifies the lung yin-
dry cough, asthma, debility, coughing blood, night sweating, steaming bones etc.
Strengthens the Wei Qi – for frequent infections etc.
Tonifies the kidney Jing and Yang- poor memory, nocturnal emissions, lowered immunity, convalescence etc.
Calms the Spirit – poor memory, palpitations, insomnia, mania.
Tonifies the Spleen – failure to thrive, undigested food in the stool, weakness from Spleen and Stomach Qi deficiency.
Clears Phlegm – in chronic disease
UB. 43 is a good point to moxa, often combined with a point on the lower extremities so as not to put too much heat in the upper body.
Traditionally (following the suggestion of Zhuang Zhuo in 1128 C.E) 300 moxa cones are burnt on this point to treat chronic disease.
“Gao Huang Shu there is nothing it cannot treat” Sin Si Miao in Qian Yao Fang
“Gao Huang Shu stops phlegm in chronic disease” Sun Si Miao in his compendium to the thousand Ducat Formulas
A special point for adrenal deficiency, anemia, and hypothyroidism (OICS)
Main range of action on the Lungs, Heart, Stomach, Spleen and Kidney (MoA)


U.B. 44
Shen Tang Spirit’s Hall Shen’s Hall Hall of the Spirit
Spirit’s Hall refers to this point’s governance over the Shen and it’s location lateral to the Heart Shu. (I&F)/(GTW)
Hall of the Spirit. In modern usage it is primarily used in conjunction with U.B.15 for psychological and emotional problems- anxiety, insomnia, depression.
Also indicated for coughing, asthma and dyspnea, fullness in the chest.

U.B. 45 
Yi Xi Surprise Yi Xi
Yi Xi is the sound cried when this point is palpated. (GTW)
Indications relate to U.B. 16 the back Shu point of the Governor Channel.
More of the indications of UB. 45 can be seen to relate to the Governor vessel than can those of UB. 16.
Treats headache visual dizziness, eye pain, and chest pain radiating to the lumber region, pericarditis, malaria, hiccups, intercostal neuralgia

U.B. 46
Ge Guan Diaphragm’s Hinge Diaphragm Gate
Diaphragm Pass is located lateral to the Diaphragm Shu. Pass might refer to the diaphragm representing a border separating the upper and middle burner that has to be crossed. (GTW)
Indications relate to U.B. 17 the back Shu point of the diaphragm.
Like UB. 17, UB.46 can resolve Qi stagnation in the upper Jiao treating fullness and oppression in the chest and diaphragm, sighing, esophageal spasm, difficulty swallowing and hiccups. U.B. 46 can and descend stomach Qi in the middle Jiao treating vomiting and belching.

U.B. 47 
Hun Men Door of the Ethereal Soul Gate of the Ethereal Soul
Gate of the Hun.
Hun Gate is lateral to the Liver Shu and the Liver houses the Hun, which if cultivated transcends the Po. (I&F)/(GTW)
Modern usage is for emotional problems related to the Liver, also treats Liver Qi stagnation.
Fullness and distention of the chest and lateral costal region, contraction of the sinews.
Bone and joint pain of the whole body. Can Treat Liver attacking Spleen and Stomach with diarrhea, borborygmus, difficult ingestion and vomiting.
Helps a person find direction and purpose in life by rooting the Hun soul. Lifts depression associated with such difficulties (GM)
.Treats vague feelings of fear at night in very Yin Deficient people (GM)
Treats the effects of depression, frustration and resentment over a long period of time (GM)
Has a profound influence on a persons capacity for planning life by rooting and steadying the Hun ethereal soul (GM)


U.B. 48
Yang Gang Yang’s Parameter Yang’s Key Link
Yang headrope refers to its location lateral to the Gall Bladder Shu. These pair of points are the uppermost representation of a bowel which is yang. Together these points resemble the headrope of the yang-associated points on the channel. (GTW)
Indications relate to U.B. 19 the back Shu point of the Gall Bladder.
Treats damp heat obstructing the Gall Bladder with fever, jaundice, pain in the lateral costal region, dark and hesitant urination.
Regulates the Middle Jiao with pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, dysentery, gastritis and irregular defecation.

U.B. 49
Yi She Will’s Residence Abode of Thought Thought Shelter
Abode of Thought reflects the location lateral to the Spleen Shu and its affect on this point. (GTW)/(I&F)
Name: Abode of the Yi. Modern usage for mental and emotional problems related to the Spleen- obsessive thinking. Benefits memory, concentration and organization of thought.
Clears damp heat, abdominal distention, diarrhea, stomach rebellious Qi, vomiting.
Also treats diabetes. (proximity to pancreas)
Treats aversion to cold and back pain.

U.B. 50 
Wei Cang Stomach’s Storehouse Stomach Granary
Stomach Granary refers to its relationship to the Stomach Shu which is just lateral. This point stores ST Qi. (GTW)
Indications relate to U.B. 21 the back Shu point of the Stomach.
Harmonizes the Middle Jiao to treat abdominal fullness and distention, sudden turmoil disorder.
Treats aversion to cold and back pain.

U.B. 51
Huang Men Vital’s Door Vitals Gate
Vitals Gate refers to it’s function of treating tightness and pain in the region below the heart (the huang area). (GTW)
Indications relate to U.B. 22 the back Shu point of the Triple Burner.
Removes stagnation and softens masses. It treats chronic Qi, Blood and Phlegm stagnation (Masses), and regulates the San Jiao.
Treats epigastric pain, hardness below the Heart, constipation, breast disorders and fullness and pain in the breast.
Regulates movement of the triple burner upward to the diaphragm region (GM.)-
tightness below the Heart, Breast diseases. (G.M.)


U.B. 52 
Zhi Shi Will’s Dwelling Will power Room Residence of the Will
Also Known as Jing Gong Palace of Essence
Will Chamber refers to this point’s governance over the zhi which resides in the Kidneys. The Kidney Shu point is 1.5 cun lateral. (I&F)/(GTW)
Tonifies the Kidney Qi and Yang, strengthens the sexual function and controls discharge of semen, treating impotence, premature ejaculation and seminal emission.
Also treats difficult urination, painful urination and edema
Modern usage for psychological problems related to the Kidneys – depression, lack of motivation etc.
Treats Lower Back Pain related to Kidney deficiency.
Chronic Lower Back pain, especially if it is tender to pressure (GM) benefits will power and determination, treating the lack of mental strength to make an effort to get better (GM)
Special Point for the adrenals, pituitary and testes (OICS)
Used to build the Will (RS)


U.B. 53
Bao Huang Placenta and Vital’s Bladder’s Vitals Bladder Huang
Bladder Huang refers to the location lateral to the Bladder Shu and it’s function to treat urinary disorders. (GTW)
Treats stiffness and pain in the lumbar region. Treats sciatica. Treats problems of urination (Lateral to UB.28) and defecation.
Palpate and needle if tender in all cases of sciatica and pain radiating to the sacrum or buttocks (MoA)
Stimulates transformation and excretion of dirty fluids in the lower Jiao. Regulates the movement of the Triple Burner down to the lower Burner.(G.M.)


U.B. 54
Zhi Bian Order’s Edge Order’s Limit Lowermost edge Order’s Frontier
Order’s Frontier refers to this point’s location at the end of the orderly column of Bladder channel points. (I&F)
Bian also can mean “side” which refers to this point’s function to treat the side of the body as in sciatica on the lateral aspect of the leg. (GTW)

Treats kidney deficiency lumbar pain, seminal emission, turbid leucorrhea, difficult urination and defecation, hemorrhoids, genital pain.
Local point for lumbar pain radiating to buttocks and legs use a long (2″) needle. Obtain good needling sensation, radiating downwards (G.M.)
Palpate and needle if tender in all cases of sciatica and pain radiating to the sacrum or buttocks (MoA)
Excellent after osteopathic manipulations; can either free rigidity in spine (sedate) or tighten up (tonify). Every general kind of skin disorder, many eye disorders. Nightsweats accompanied by considerable fatigue. (Wors.)


U.B. 55
He Yang Confluence of Yang Yang Union
Yang Union refers to its location below the popliteal crease where an internal branch of the bladder channel unites with the main channel. It also reflects it’s location under the uniting-he point of the bladder channel. (GTW)
Treats lumber pain radiating to the abdomen, pain, heaviness and heat in the knee, difficulty walking
Treats uterine bleeding, pain in the genitals, sudden violent pain in the genitals, Cold Shan disorder.

U.B. 56
Cheng Jin Support the Tendons Support Sinews Sinew Support
Sinew Support refers to it’s location below the sinews at the back of the knee. It also refers to the function of treating spasms of the gastrocnemius. (GTW)
lower back pain, lumbar and leg pain. Gastrocnemius pain, sciatica,
painful obstruction of the legs, pain in the heel, heat sensation in the soles, inability to stand for long., pain and contraction of the foot.
Hemmorhoids, constipation, incontinence.
Nosebleed, rhinitis, heat in the head, dizziness and headache, swelling of the axilla.
UB 56 and UB 57 are the two principal proximal points for heel pain (M of A)


U.B. 57
Cheng Shan Support the Mountain Supporting Mountain
Supporting Mountain refers to this point’s location a the base of the belly of the gastrocnemius. The Indention at this point resembles the character for “man” which is supporting the mountain. (GTW)/(I&F)
Hemorrhoids – prolapsed anus, constipation
lower back pain, lumbar and leg pain. Gastrocnemius pain, sciatica,
flaccidity and heaviness of the legs, pain in the heel, inability to stand for long.
Clears Heat shivering, malaria, sudden turmoil disorder, nosebleed, sore throat, heat in the head
Trauma point for whiplash etc., (RS)
One of Ma Dan Ying’s eleven Heavenly Star points
Most used for Hemorrhoids, Sciatica radiating to the Calf, pain and contraction of the calf and heel pain (M of A)
Invigorates the Blood to treat menstrual cramps, and for Blood in the Stool (GM)
Ma Wang Tang 12 star point. Major point for muscular cramps. (Wors.)


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    U.B. 58
    Fei Yang Souring Flying Up Souring Upwards Flying Yang
    Flying Yang refers to this point’s effectiveness against ex, unharmonious, rebellious yang Qi. (I&F)
    It also refers to the Qi which leaps from the yang to the yin side of the leg. Taking Flight might refer to patients who can run freely after needling this side of the leg. (GTW)

    Luo point
    Treats excess above and deficiency below –
    Above –
     vertigo, neck and occipital pain, nasal congestion, nosebleed
    Below – . Lower back pain, sciatica, heavy legs lumbar pain, weakness and coldness of legs, hemorrhoids and constipation.
    Needle the most painful point between UB 58 and UB 59 for sacro-iliac problems (DL)
    Treats sciatica when the pain is between the UB and GB channels on the leg (GM)
    “Tirelessness point”. Affects parathyroid glands. Very powerful – brings about well-being, greater vitality; strengthens body and mind, but don’t use if L.I . and ST. channels are balanced. Direct bearing on hemorrhoids of all descripointions. (Wors.).

U.B. 59
Fu Yang Instep Yang Tarsal Yang Supporting Yang
Instep Yang reflects this point’s location above the yang aspect of the instep and it’s local action. (I&F)/(GTW)
Xi cleft of the Yang Qiao Channel
Supports movement- (Yang Qiao) so for weakness in the leg and back.
Needle the most painful point between UB 58 and UB 59 for sacro-iliac problems (DL)
Distal point for chronic pain of the lower back especially with weakness of the legs and back and lack of movement (GM)
Works only for unilateral back pain (GM)
Very useful for elimination of toxins. Good in combination with L.I. 4 or U.B. 1 .Rheumatism of the ankle, heaviness and pain in the head, inability to raise arms and legs. (Wors.).


Kun Lun Kun Lun Mountains Kun Lun Mountain
U.B. 60
Kun Lun Mountains reflects the location of this point next to the lateral malleolus. (I&F)
Kun Lun Mountain in Si Chuan province is the source of the longest river in China the Yangtze, in the same way the longest channel in the body the U.B. channel arises at the prominence of the lateral malleolus

Jing River Fire point
Clears excess Wind, Fire and Yang from the upper part of the body. Opens up blockages pull Qi downwards.
 Infantile convulsions
Clears any blockage along the course of the U.B. Channel- backache esp. chronic, neck, shoulder and headache. Wind damp Bi pain in the joints.
This point is effective for treating pain, especially acute pain in the head and upper portions of the Channel. Can treat vision disturbance, occipital headache, neck pain, nosebleed (CAM)
Moves stagnant blood in menstrual disorders. Treats difficult delivery, retained placenta, dysmenorrhea from stagnant Blood.
Main distal point for chronic back pain. Better for deficiency than excess back pain (GM)
The ‘Aspirin’ point (DL)
Stimulates pituitary and testes. Special effect on spine, esp. rigid spine. First aid for facial neuralgia, fractures, sprains. (Wors.).


U.B. 61
Pu Can Servant’s Respect Serve and Consult Servant’s Partaking
Servant’s Partaking refers to the point’s locations at the lower part of the heel which is exposed when a servan bowed. (I&F)
Pu Can is a meeting point with the yang motility vessel which is likened to a visitor of inferior rank. (GTW)

Meeting point of the UB Channel and the Yang Qiao
Treats headache, heaviness of head ‘like a stone’.
Treats epilepsy, mania, seeing ghosts, loss of consciousness.
Treats Lumbar, leg and knee pain.
Treats sudden turmoil disorder and vomiting.
For all problems in the lower extremities. Point of the seven dragons. (Wors.)

U.B. 62 
Shen Mai Extending Vessel Ninth Channel
Extending Vessel refers to the Yang Qiao vessel extending up from this point. (GTW)
Ninth Earthly Branch is another meaning of Shen which refers to the time of day governed by the ninth earthly branch (3-5pm), this corresponds to this point’s channel and organ. (GTW)

Confluent point of the Yang Qiao Ghost point.

Clears attack of exterior Wind in U.B. Channel- chills and fever, muscle aches, aversion to wind headache etc.
clears Internal Wind- hemiplegia, windstroke, lockjaw, meningitis, epilepsy and seizures, psychosis etc. by clearing the head and brain ( U.B. Channel enters the brain and Yang Qiao Channel affects the brain and head).
Treats Heart and Spirit disorders (Ghost point, U.B. divergent Channel enters the Heart and brain)
Treats eye disorders (both Yang Qiao and U.B. Channels link to the inner canthus).
UB. 62 Is paired with S.I. 3 for almost any musculoskeletal disorder. This combination activates the Yang Qi of the back and so is innately tonifying.
The Yang Qiao controls movement and agility. Treats chronic backache, relaxes the tendons and muscles of the outer leg.
“Calm sleep point”.(De La Fuye)
Use for reinforcing points. Has a direct effect on endocrine glands; epilepsy, sensation of electrification or excessive energy in skin, redness and swelling of foot, occipital neuralgia, spinal troubles. (Wors.)


U.B. 63 
Jing Men Golden Gate Golden Door Metal Gate
Golden Gate refers to this point’s function as a source of precious Yang Qi. Metal is associated with the Bladder channel as Qi and blood flows through this point during the metal time (3-5pm).
The function of this point to treat liver wind is similar to the restraint of wood by metal in the cycle of the five phases. (GTW)

Xi Cleft point of the U.B. Channel
Meeting point of the UB channel and the Yang Wei Channel

Sudden onset Shan disorder, epilepsy, convulsions, white tiger joint pain- all acute (Xi Cleft). Cramping of the sinews.
“Golden door” – door which emperor controls. Can open or close door – oil it for lack of secretions – to get bladder to hold water, tinnitus (sounds of water), deafness. Swellings, fear of drowning… (Wors.)

U.B. 64
Jing Gu Capital Bone
Capital Bone refers to the location anterior and inferior to the capital bone.
The character for Jing in the past had a meaning of source or origin which refers to this point as the Yuan Source Point.

Yuan Source point of the U.B. Channel

distal U.B. point so treats head symptoms of internal or external wind.
Treats excess above and deficiency below (Yuan source point so strengthens the root)
chronic lower back pain, cold feet etc.
Can treat the eyes (U.B. Channel and Yuan Source point)
Treats the Heart– palpitations, heart pain (U.B. divergent Channel enters the Heart)
“Strong tendon point”. …; “Fine appetite point.“ (De La Fuye)
Generalized stiffness, lack of secretions leading to stiff neck, lumbago
No desire for food or drink. (Wors.)


U.B. 65 
Shu Gu Restraining Bone Binding Bone Restrained Bone
Restrained Bone is a classical term for the head of the fifth metatarsal bone reminding us of the location of this point. 
Shu Stream Wood point and sedation point of the U.B. Channel

treats the eyes, headache esp. occipital, stiff neck. (Wind, a Wood point function, plus treats the opposite end of the channel)
Clears Heat (Sedation point)- eyes, fever, hemorrhoids, skin-boils on back.
Recent research using PET scanning of the brain reveals stimulation of the visual cortex when this point is stimulated.
“Consolation point” (De La Fuye)
“Bones will heal 8-10 days faster using this point.” First aid for poisoning. (Wors.)


U.B. 66 
Zu Tong Gu Foot Connecting Valley Connecting Valley of the Foot Passing Valley
Valley Passage
Valley Passage refers to the idea that this point acts as a valley that conducts the Qi onward. (GTW)
Ying Spring Water Point of the U.B. Channel.
Pulls down Ni Qi (distal point)- mania, coughing, dyspnea, vomiting, stiff neck
Strongly clears Heat (Ying spring point)- fever, Headache, stiff neck, nosebleed, red eyes etc.
This point shakes up the water element or sorts it all out – gives the patient a jolt. Fear of unknown, dreams of falling, dreams of water, fear of drowning, dreams of something falling on you. (Wors.)

U.B. 67 
Zhi Yin Reaching Yin End of Yin
Reaching Yin refers to the location of this point at the end of the bladder Channel before the Qi passes on to the Kidney channel. (GTW)
Reaching Yin also refers to the point’s reaching the deep lying yin energy of the womb. (I&F)
Jing Well Metal Point and Tonification point of the U.B. Channel.

For acute disorders of the opposite end of the Channel-
Headache- esp. vertex, parietal and occipital, also eyes, nose- nosebleed, clear nasal discharge; neck.
Affects the uterus (terminal, most Yang, point of Yang Water Channel The Qi flows directly from here to K. 1.)- treats malposition of the fetus and promotes labor, for which it is moxa-ed.
As the last point on the Tai Yang Water Channel, UB. 67 represents the most Yang phase of the Water Qi, from here it ‘overturns’ to K.1 and becomes yin. Hence stimulation of this point causes the fetus to turn in response to the dramatic movement of the Kidney Qi, which holds the fetus in place).
For pain anywhere in the body -Nei Jing
Prostatic hypertrophy – Felix Mann
“Equilibrium point”.(De La Fuye)
Affects all hormones in general, but especially ovaries. For fear, anxiety, depression, when patient has reached his limit of endurance …has physically given up ; every aspect of endocrine and lymphatic systems; difficulty with all the internal secretions. (Wors.)

Bladder Channel

Intelligence network – conveying the evolutionary structure of somite reticulation – the Shu point system (the regulation of cities and regions – Zhou Du)
Connection with Yang Qiao
Descent of Shen into form
The Bladder channel disperses cold on the surface by warming and discharging or venting the exterior – Xu Fa Biao 喣 發 表
The Bladder channel disperses cold from the exterior by warming the skin via the ‘interstices’ (the space between the skin and muscles) the ‘Cou Li’ 腠 理 . This makes us think of the physiological function of temperature regulation through capillary vasodilation and vasoconstriction.
The Bladder is ‘Zhou Du Zhi Guan’ 州 都 之 官 The official who is the administrative capital of waterways.
‘Jin Ye Cang Yan’ ‘津 液 藏 焉’ ‘(precious) thin and thick fluids are stored’
A way to see this is that the bladder enables the Water force to penetrate the Zang organs, (think Shu point system) thereby generating the Jin Ye, the various fluids of the body
‘Qi Hua Ze Neng Chu Yi’ 氣化 則 能 出 矣 The transformations of Qi – Qi Hua 氣 化 are issued forth as a result of the principles or rules of strength.
Fortitude, projection of power outwards, physically robust, vigorous and brave quality, the Yang aspect of the Kidney Yang. Qi is produced from its action.
Lack of physical fear, physical bravery or addiction to dangerous sports etc
The first line of defense
The Bladder channel provides comfort and freedom of movement. In its pathological state it is prone to blockage – Bi 閉 and discomfort
Animal: Horse
Branch: Shen two hands stretching a rope between them
Time: 3 PM to 5 PM
opposite Lung channel – sinuses
posterior pituitary – oxytocin ADH
Seventh Station of the Cross: Jesus falls the second time
Tree of Life – fifth branch on the right
Shen – U.B. the wonder of his resurrection. On the ninth branch, the novelty of his resurrection embellished with remarkable gifts

Bladder Channel Clearing Questions

What is your relationship to authority?
Who is in control of your life?
In what ways do you not let yourself feel at ease in this world?
How are you hyper-vigilant?
How are you tending towards habitual and unconscious living?
What kind of a human being are you?
How well have you adapted to your life circumstances?
What choices have you made that compromise your core values?
In what way do your beliefs color your perception?
What are you committed to?
In what areas do you resist fully living these commitmen