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Bladder Meridian Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture Meridian - Bladder

Bladder Meridian Points

Note: Some sources number the points along the secondary spinal branch differently. The alternative numbering scheme is provided in parentheses. However, the names of each point remain the same, regardless of the number used.

  • BL 1: jing ming / Bright Eyes
    • Function: Expels wind, clears heat, brightens the eyes, stops pain, stops itching, stops lacrimation.
    • Indications: Redness, swelling and pain of the eye, itching of the canthus, lacrimation, night blindness, color blindness, blurring of vision.
  • BL 2: zan zhu / Bamboo Gathering
    • Function: Expels wind, brightens the eyes, soothes the Liver, removes obstructions from the channel, stops pain.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring or failing of vision, pain in the supraorbital region, lacrimation, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, twitching of eyelids, glaucoma.
  • BL 3: mei chong / Eyebrow Ascension
    • Function: Dispels wind and clears heat, brightens the eyes.
    • Indications: Headache, giddiness, epilepsy, nasal obstruction.
  • BL 4: qu chai / Deviating Turn
    • Function: Discharges heat and opens the portals, clears the head and brightens the eyes.
    • Indications: Headache, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, blurring and failing of vision.
  • BL 5: wu chu / Fifth Place
    • Function: Subdues interior wind, restores consciousness.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring of vision, epilepsy, convulsion.
  • BL 6: cheng guan / Light Guard
    • Function: Clears heat and eliminates vexation, brightens the eyes and opens the portals.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring of vision, nasal obstruction.
  • BL 7: tong tian / Celestial Connection
    • Function: Subdues wind, clears the nose, brightens the eyes, stops convulsions, opens the orifices.
    • Indications: Headache, giddiness, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, rhinorrhea.
  • BL 8: luo que / Declining Connection
    • Function: Dissipates wind and clears heat, clears the head and brightens the eyes.
    • Indications: Dizziness, blurring of vision, tinnitus, mania.
  • BL 9: yu zhen / Jade Pillow
    • Function: Dispels wind and quickens connecting vessels, frees the portals and brightens eyes.
    • Indications: Headache and neck pain, dizziness, ophthalmalgia, nasal obstruction.
  • BL 10: tian zhu / Celestial Pillar
    • Function: Expels wind, clears the brain, opens the orifices, soothes the sinews, removes obstructions from the channel, brightens the eyes, invigorates the lower back.
    • Indications: Headache, nasal obstruction, sore throat, neck rigidity, pain in shoulder and back.
  • BL 11: da zhu / Great Shuttle
    • Function: Nourishes blood, expels wind, strengthens bones, soothes sinews, releases exterior.
    • Indications: Headache, pain in the neck and back, pain and soreness in the scapular region, cough, fever, neck rigidity.
  • BL 12: feng men / Wind Gate
    • Function: Expels and prevents exterior wind, releases the exterior, stimulates the Lung dispersing function, regulates nutritive and defensive Qi.
    • Indications: Common cold, cough, fever and headache, neck rigidity, backache.
  • BL 13: fei shu / Lung Transporter
    • Function: Stimulates the Lung dispersing and descending function, regulates Lung Qi, regulates nutritive and defensive Qi, tonifies Lung Qi, stops cough, clears heat.
    • Indications: Cough, asthma, chest pain, spitting of blood, afternoon fever, night sweating.
  • BL 14: jue yin shu / Absolute Yin Transporter
    • Function: Regulates the Heart.
    • Indications: Cough, cardiac pain, palpitations, stuffy chest, vomiting.
  • BL 15: sin shu / Heart Transporter
    • Function: Calms the mind, clears heat, stimulates the brain, invigorates blood, nourishes Heart.
    • Indications: Cardiac pain, panic, loss of memory, palpitation, cough, spitting of blood, nocturnal emission, night sweating, mania, epilepsy.
  • BL 16: du shu / Governing Transporter
    • Function: Regulates the Heart, invigorates blood.
    • Indications: Cardiac pain, abdominal pain.
  • BL 17: ge shu / Diaphragm Transporter
    • Function: Nourishes blood, invigorates blood, opens the chest, removes obstructions from diaphragm, tonifies Qi and blood, clears heat, calms the mind, pacifies Stomach Qi.
    • Indications: Vomiting, hiccups, belching, difficulty in swallowing, asthma, cough, spitting of blood, afternoon fever, night sweating, measles.
  • BL 18: gan shu / Liver Transporter
    • Function: Benefits Liver and Gallbladder, resolves damp-heat, moves stagnant Qi, benefits the eyes, eliminates wind.
    • Indications: Jaundice, pain in the hypochondriac region, redness of the eye, blurring of vision, night blindness, mental disorders, epilepsy, backache, spitting of blood, epistaxis.
  • BL 19: dan shu / Gallbladder Transporter
    • Function: Resolves damp-heat in Liver and Gallbladder, pacifies Stomach, relaxes diaphragm.
    • Indications: Jaundice, bitter taste of the mouth, pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, pulmonary tuberculosis, afternoon fever.
  • BL 20: pi shu / Spleen Transporter
    • Function: Tonifies Spleen and Stomach, resolves damp, nourishes blood.
    • Indications: Epigastric pain, abdominal distension, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, bloody stools, profuse menstruation, edema, anorexia, backache.
  • BL 21: wei shu / Stomach Transporter
    • Function: Regulates and tonifies Stomach Qi, resolves damp, pacifies the Stomach, relieves retention of food.
    • Indications: Pain in the chest and hypochondriac and epigastric regions, anorexia, abdominal distension, borborygmus, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
  • BL 22: san jiao shu / Triple Energizer Transporter
    • Function: Resolves dampness, opens the water passages, regulates the transformation of fluids in the Lower Energizer.
    • Indications: Borborygmus, abdominal distension, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, edema, pain and stiffness of the lower back.
  • BL 23: shen shu / Kidney Transporter
    • Function: Tonifies the Kidneys and nourishes the Kidney essence, strengthens the lower back, nourishes blood, benefits bones and marrow, resolves damp, strengthens Kidney function of reception of Qi, brightens the eyes, benefits the ears.
    • Indications: Nocturnal emission, impotence, enuresis, irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, low back pain, weakness of the knee, blurring of vision, dizziness, tinnitus, deafness, edema, asthma, diarrhea.
  • BL 24: qi hai shu / Sea-of-Qi Transporter
    • Function: Strengthens lower back, removes obstructions from channel, regulates Qi and blood.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, asthma.
  • BL 25: da chang shu / Large Intestine Transporter
    • Function: Promotes the function of the Large Intestine, strengthens the lower back, removes obstructions from the channel, relieves fullness and swelling.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, borborygmus, abdominal distension, diarrhea, constipation, pain, muscular atrophy, numbness and motor impairment of lower extremities, sciatica.
  • BL 26: quan yuan shu / Origin Pass Transporter
    • Function: Strengthens the lower back, removes obstructions from the channel.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, abdominal distension, diarrhea, enuresis, sciatica, frequent urination.
  • BL 27: xiao chang shu / Small Intestine Transporter
    • Function: Promotes the function of the Small Intestine, resolves dampness, clears heat, benefits urination.
    • Indications: Lower abdominal pain and distension, dysentery, nocturnal emission, hematuria, enuresis, morbid leukorrhea, lower back pain, sciatica.
  • BL 28: pang guang shu / Bladder Transporter
    • Function: Regulates the Bladder, resolves dampness, clears heat, stops pain, eliminates stagnation, opens the water passages in the Lower Energizer, strengthens the loins.
    • Indications: Retention of urine, enuresis, frequent urination, diarrhea, constipation, stiffness and pain of the lower back.
  • BL 29: zhong lu shu / Central Backbone Transporter
    • Function: Strengthens the lumbar spine, warms yang and dissipates cold.
    • Indications: Dysentery, hernia, stiffness and pain of the lower pain.
  • BL 30: bai huan shu / White Ring Transporter
    • Function: Warms yang, regulates the menses, courses the channel, rectifies the Lower Energizer.
    • Indications: Enuresis, pain due to hernia, morbid leukorrhea, irregular menstruation, dysuria, cold sensation, pain of lower back, constipation, tenesmus, prolapse of the rectum.
  • BL 31: shang liao / Upper Bone-Hole
    • Function: Regulates the Lower Energizer, tonifies the lumbar region and knees, nourishes Kidneys.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, dysuria, constipation, irregular menstruation, morbid leukorrhea, prolapse of the uterus.
  • BL 32: ci liao / Second Bone-Hole
    • Function: Regulates the Lower Energizer, tonifies lumbar region and knees, nourishes the Kidneys.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, hernia, irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, dysmenorrhea, nocturnal emission, impotence, enuresis, dysuria, muscular atrophy, pain, numbness and motor impairment of the lower extremities.
  • BL 33: zhong liao / Central Bone-Hole
    • Function: Regulates the Lower Energizer, tonifies the lumbar region and knees, nourishes Kidneys.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, constipation, diarrhea, dysuria, irregular menstruation, morbid leukorrhea.
  • BL 34: xia liao / Lower Bone-Hole
    • Function: Regulates the Lower Energizer, tonifies the lumbar region and knees, nourishes Kidneys.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, lower abdominal pain, dysuria, constipation, morbid leukorrhea.
  • BL 35: hui yang / Meeting of Yang
    • Function: Clears and discharges Lower Energizer damp-heat.
    • Indications: Dysentery, bloody stools, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, impotence, morbid leukorrhea.
  • BL 36 (50): cheng fu / Receiving Support
    • Function: Soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels.
    • Indications: Pain in the lower back and gluteal region, constipation, muscular atrophy, pain, numbness and motor impairment of the lower extremities.
  • BL 37 (51): yin men / Gate of Abundance
    • Function: Strengthens the lumbar spine, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels, relieves pain.
    • Indications: Pain in the lower back and thigh, muscular atrophy, pain, numbness and motor impairment of the lower extremities, hemiplegia.
  • BL 38 (52): fu xi / Superficial Cleft
    • Function: Soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels, quickens the blood and relieves pain, clears and disinhibits the Lower Energizer.
    • Indications: Numbness of the gluteal and femoral regions, contracture of the tendons in the popliteal fossa.
  • BL 39 (53): wei yang / Outside of the Bend
    • Function: Opens the water passages in the Lower Energizer, benefits the Bladder.
    • Indications: Stiffness and pain of the lower back, distension and fullness of the lower abdomen, edema, dysuria, cramp of the leg and foot.
  • BL 40 (54): wei zhong / Middle of the Bend
    • Function: Clears heat, resolves damp, relaxes the sinews, removes obstructions from the channel, cools blood, eliminates stasis of blood, clears summer heat.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, motor impairment of the hip joint, contracture of the tendons in the popliteal fossa, muscular atrophy, pain, numbness and motor impairment of the lower extremities, hemiplegia, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, erysipelas.
  • BL 41 (36): fu fen / Attached Branch
    • Function: Courses wind and dissipates cold, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels.
    • Indications: Stiffness and pain of the shoulder, back and neck, numbness of the elbow and arm.
  • BL 42 (37): po hu / Corporeal Soul Door
    • Function: Stimulates the descending of Lung Qi, regulates Qi, clears heat, stops cough and asthma, subdues rebellious Qi.
    • Indications: Pulmonary tuberculosis, hemoptysis, cough, asthma, neck rigidity, pain in the shoulder and back.
  • BL 43 (38): gao huang shu / Vitals (Area below the Heart)
    • Function: Tonifies Qi, strengthens deficiency, nourishes essence, nourishes Lung yin, invigorates the mind, stops cough and calms asthma.
    • Indications: Pulmonary tuberculosis, cough, asthma, spitting of blood, night sweating, poor memory, nocturnal emission.
  • BL 44 (39): shen tang / Spirit Hall
    • Function: Loosens the chest and rectifies Qi, suppresses cough and stabilizes dyspnea, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels.
    • Indications: Asthma, cardiac pain, palpitation, stuffy chest, cough, stiffness and pain of the back.
  • BL 45 (40): yi xi / Yi Xi (no translation available)
    • Function: Resolves the exterior and clears heat, diffuses the Lung and rectifies Qi, frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels.
    • Indications: Cough, asthma, pain of the shoulder and back.
  • BL 46 (41): ge guan / Diaphragm Pass
    • Function: None.
    • Indications: Dysphagia, hiccup, vomiting, belching, pain and stiffness of the back.
  • BL 47 (42): hun men / Ethereal Soul Gate
    • Function: Regulates Liver Qi, roots the ethereal soul.
    • Indications: Pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, back pain, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • BL 48 (43): yang gang / Yang Headrope
    • Function: Clears the Gallbladder and Stomach, transforms damp-heat.
    • Indications: Borborygmus, abdominal pain, diarrhea, pain in the hypochondriac region, jaundice.
  • BL 49 (44): yi she / Reflection Abode
    • Function: Tonifies the Spleen, stimulates memory and concentration.
    • Indications: Abdominal distension, borborygmus, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty in swallowing.
  • BL 50 (45): wei cang / Stomach Granary
    • Function: Harmonizes the Stomach and transforms damp, rectifies Qi and disinhibits the center.
    • Indications: Abdominal distension, pain in the epigastric region and back, infantile indigestion.
  • BL 51 (46): huang men / Vitals Gate
    • Function: Regulates the Triple Energizer, ensures the smooth spread of the Triple Energizer Qi to the Heart region.
    • Indications: Abdominal pain, constipation, abdominal mass.
  • BL 52 (47): zhi shi / Will Chamber
    • Function: Tonifies the Kidneys, strengthens the back, reinforces the will power.
    • Indications: Nocturnal emission, impotence, enuresis, frequency of urination, dysuria, irregular menstruation, pain in the back and knee, edema.
  • BL 53 (48): bao huang / Bladder Vitals
    • Function: Opens the water passages in the Lower Energizer, stimulates the transformation and excretion of fluids.
    • Indications: Borborygmus, abdominal distension, pain in the lower back, anuria.
  • BL 54 (49): zhi bian / Sequential Limit
    • Function: Relaxes the sinews, invigorates blood, clears heat, removes obstructions from the channel.
    • Indications: Pain in the lumbosacral region, muscular atrophy, motor impairment of the lower extremities, dysuria, swelling around external genitalia, hemorrhoids, constipations, beriberi.
  • BL 55: he yang / Yang Union
    • Function: Strengthens the lumbus and boosts the Kidney, soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels, regulates the Penetrating and Conception vessels.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, pain and paralysis of the lower extremities.
  • BL 56: cheng jin / Sinew Support
    • Function: Soothes the sinews and quickens the connecting vessels.
    • Indications: Spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle, hemorrhoids, acute lower back pain.
  • BL 57: cheng shan / Mountain Support
    • Function: Relaxes the sinews, invigorates blood, clears heat, removes obstructions from the channel.
    • Indications: Lower back pain, spasm of the gastrocnemius, hemorrhoids, constipation, beriberi.
  • BL 58: fei yang / Taking Flight
    • Function: Removes obstructions from the channel, strengthens the Kidneys.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring of vision, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, back pain, hemorrhoids, weakness of the leg.
  • BL 59: fu yang / Instep Yang
    • Function: Removes obstructions from the channel, invigorates the Yang Motility Vessel, strengthens the back.
    • Indications: Heavy sensation of the head, headache, lower back pain, redness and swelling of the external malleolus, paralysis of the lower extremities.
  • BL 60: kun lun / Kunlun Mountains
    • Function: Expels wind, removes obstructions from the channel, relaxes the sinews, clears heat, invigorates blood, strengthens the back.
    • Indications: Headache, blurring of vision, neck rigidity, epistaxis, pain in the shoulder, back and arm, swelling and pain of the hell, difficult labor, epilepsy.
  • BL 61: pu can / Subservient Visitor
    • Function: Frees channels and quickens the connecting vessels, disperses swelling, relieves pain.
    • Indications: Muscular atrophy and weakness of the lower extremities, pain in the heel.
  • BL 62: shen mai / Extending Vessel
    • Function: Removes obstructions from the channel, benefits the eyes, relaxes the sinews, opens the Yang Motility Vessel, clears the mind, eliminates interior wind.
    • Indications: Epilepsy, mania, headache, dizziness, insomnia, backache, aching of the leg.
  • BL 63: jin men / Metal Gate
    • Function: Soothes the sinews and quickens connecting vessels, opens portals, quiets the spirit.
    • Indications: Mania, epilepsy, infantile convulsion, backache, pain in the external malleolus, motor impairment and pain of the lower extremities.
  • BL 64: jing gu / Capital Bone
    • Function: Frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels, quiets the Heart and spirit, dissipates wind and clears heat.
    • Indications: Headache, neck rigidity, pain in the lower back and thigh, epilepsy.
  • BL 65: shu gu / Bundle Bone
    • Function: Removes obstructions from the channel, clears heat, eliminates wind.
    • Indications: Mania, headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, backache, pain in the lower extremities.
  • BL 66: tong gu / Valley Passage
    • Function: Clears heat, removes obstructions from the channel, eliminates wind.
    • Indications: Headache, neck rigidity, blurring of vision, epistaxis, mania.
  • BL 67: zhi yin / Reaching Yin
    • Function: Eliminates wind, removes obstructions from the channel, invigorates blood, clears eyes.
    • Indications: Headache, nasal obstruction, epistaxis, ophthalmalgia, malposition of fetus, difficult labor, retention of afterbirth, feverish sensation in the sole.

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