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Home > Education > Acupuncture Point Location > Urinary Bladder Meridian > UB 23

Urinary Bladder 23

Chinese Name: Shenshu (English translation: Kidney Shu)

Location:  On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra.

Classification: Back-Shu point of the Kidney


  • Enuresis, dysuria, edema
  • Spermatorrhea, impotence, irregular menstruation, leukorrhea
  • Deafness, tinnitus, cough, asthma
  • Hemiplegia, lumbar pain, bone disease

Functions: Strengthens the Kidneys, tonifies Kidney Yang, nourishes Kidney Yin and Essence, strengthens Kidney's ability to grasp qi, benefits the ears and bones, strengthens the low back, resolves Dampness.

Notes: UB 23 is one of the most effective points to tonify the Kidneys. 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: Perpendicular insertion .5 - 1.0 cun.


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