(UB) Urinary Bladder Meridian - Point Functions Chart

The UB Meridian

Below you will find clinical usage information for all points along the (UB) Urinary Bladder Meridian . You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, clinical usages, and related patterns and conditions.

The (UB) Urinary Bladder Meridian has 67 Acupuncture Points

UB 1

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  • UB 1  Bright Eyes
    • Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (internal or external), excess, a/or heat.
    • Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc.
    • Myopia, color blindness, night blindness.
    • Glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts.

UB 2

UB 3

UB 4

UB 5

UB 6

  • UB 6  Light Guard
    • Local Point.

UB 7

  • UB 7  Celestial Connection
    • Local Point.

UB 8

  • UB 8  Declining Connection
    • Useful for removing obstructions causing Qi flow issues to the head/brain (heavy head, vertex pain, distention, depression)

UB 9

  • UB 9  Jade Pillow
    • Local Point.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the cerebellum (muscle coordination, equilibrium). Useful for stroke recovery, ALS, MS, Parkinson's, etc.

UB 10

  • UB 10  Celestial Pillar
    • Neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital headache. For stiffness on one-side of the neck combine with SI 3 on the same side & GB 39 on the opposite side.
    • Secondary point to release the exterior in wind-cold conditions, primary is GB 20.

UB 11

  • UB 11  Great Shuttle
    • Wind disorders.
    • Hui-meeting point of the bones, useful with any bone or problem such as osteoporosis, arthritis, inflammation, sensation of heat in the bones, etc.
    • Useful adjunctive point to effect the lungs in cases of infections, colds a/or flus or asthma related conditions.
    • Sea of Blood Point with ST 37 & ST 39. According to the Ling Shu Treatise on the Seas, "when the Sea of blood is full, the patient has the sensation that his body is bigger than it is. One feels uneasy, and does not know the disease; when the Sea of blood is insufficient, one often feels the body is small, one feels uneasy and does not know the disease." May be useful for leukemia, anemia, said to tonify the bone marrow.

UB 12

  • UB 12  Wind Gate
    • Main point to expel wind from the Wei Qi level of the body, useful for early stages of wind-cold conditions.
    • Apply moxa here and on ST 36 to strengthen the Wei Qi.

UB 13

  • UB 13  Lung Shu
    • Main point for all Lung problems: cough, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, weakness of the voice, etc.
    • Useful for skin disorders, itching, acne, hives, etc.
    • Lung related emotional imbalances such as grief and sadness.

UB 14

  • UB 14  Jue Yin Shu (Pericardium Shu)
    • For all heart conditions: palpitations, anxiety, stress, etc. Combine with PC 6 to open the chest.
    • As the "Jueyin Shu" you may also treat LV related conditions such as stagnation of LV Qi.

UB 15

  • UB 15  Heart Shu
    • Main point for all heart, blood and circulatory related issues of an excess or deficient nature.
    • Main point for all heart related emotional issues: palpitations, anxiety, stress, poor memory. Useful with PC 6, HT 7, CV 14 a/or UB 14.
    • Main point for insomnia.
    • Night sweats in Heart Qi a/or Yin deficiency.

UB 16

  • UB 16  Governing Shu
    • Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, boils, etc.

UB 17

  • UB 17  Diaphragm Shu
    • Hui-meeting Point of the Blood, useful for all Blood related conditions. Classically combined with UB 19 to create the "Four Flowers" which is used to nourish the Blood, although in clinical practice UB 18 & UB 19 may used equally as often.
    • For menstrual problems, from deficiency (scanty, light periods, amenorrhea) or stasis (dark clots, dysmenorrhea).
    • Important point for red, itchy skin disorders, from heat in the Blood: eczema, carbuncles.
    • As the "Diaphgram shu" it is useful for problems with diaphragmatic breathing or shortness of breath and other diaphragm related conditions such as belching or hiatal hernia.

UB 18

  • UB 18  Liver Shu
    • Main point for all Liver related conditions: hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis, Blood stagnation, Qi stagnation, etc.
    • Main point for eye problems, pain, itching, dryness, redness, blurred vision, visual dizziness, twitching.
    • Main point for LV related emotional issues such as anger, depression, irritability, frustration, stress a/or PMS.
    • Useful for hypochondriac a/or subcostal pain/distention.

UB 19

  • UB 19  Gallbladder Shu
    • Shao Yang level diseases, alternating fever and chills.
    • Main point for damp heat in the Liver and Gall Bladder: hepatitis, cholecystitis, jaundice, vomiting, flank pain and distension, bitter taste in the mouth. Often combined with the LV Shu (UB 18).
    • UB 17 & UB 19 are classcially known as the "Four Flowers," useful for tonifying the Blood.
    • Pain along the GB meridian (sides of the body) from any etiology, intercostal neuralgia, rib pain, trauma, herpes zoster.
    • Gall Bladder related emotional issues: indecision, timidity.

UB 20

  • UB 20  Spleen Shu
    • Main point for all Spleen problems: low energy, fatigue, prolapses, damp related conditions a/or bleeding disorders.
    • Commonly used for SP Qi Deficiency: fatigue, lack of appetite, abdominal bloating a/or distention, undigested food in the stools, chronic diarrhea a/or belching.

UB 21

  • UB 21  Stomach Shu
    • Main point for all Stomach related issues: food stagnation, abdominal distention, borborygmus, mouth ulcers, vomiting, belching, nausea, etc.
    • Dissolve accumulations/lumps in the abdomen, combine with Pigen (point for lumps, tumors), 3.5 cun lateral to the lower border of L1.  
    • Functions:
    • Harmonizes the Stomach and strengthens the Spleen

UB 22

  • UB 22  Triple Burner Shu
    • As Triple Heater Shu this point effects conditions related to imbalances between the upper and lower parts of the body especially those related to water: edema, bloating, ascites, borborygmus, difficult or painful urination, urinary retention.

UB 23

  • UB 23  Kidney Shu
    • For all Kidney related issues which effect the brain, bone, hair, teeth a/or hearing.
    • Male deficiency related sexual problems: impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, sterility, exhaustion following ejaculation.
    • Female sexual and reproductive disorders: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, cold uterus, frigidity, infertility, leukorrhea.
    • Tonification point in deficiency conditions: exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatique, good point for the elderly as Kidney Jing is naturally depleted.
    • Main point for acute or chronic low back pain, sprains a/or strains.
    • Useful for KD related ear issues: tinnitus, deafness, chronic ear infections.

UB 24

  • UB 24  Sea of Qi Shu
    • Back pain.

UB 25

  • UB 25  Large Intestine Shu

UB 26

  • UB 26  Origin Pass Shu
    • Low back pain.

UB 27

  • UB 27  Small Intestine Shu
    • Main point for all Small Intestine related issues: damp heat effecting the bladder (difficult or painful urination, hematuria, dark urine), damp heat effecting the intestines (diarrhea, dysentary).

UB 28

  • UB 28  Bladder Shu
    • Main point for all Bladder issues: from damp heat (painful a/or dark urination), from cold (frequent urination, incontinence).
    • For dampness anywhere in the body, combine with SP 9 to expel dampness through urinatio.

UB 29

  • UB 29  Central Backbone Shu
    • Local Point.

UB 30

  • UB 30  White Ring Shu
    • Secondary point for KD related gynecological disorders: menstrual problems, leukorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, enometriosi.

UB 31

  • UB 31  Upper Bone Hole
    • UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinically.

UB 32

  • UB 32  Second Bone Hole
    • UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinically.
    • OB/GYN issues: leukorrhea, painful menstruation, blood stagnation.
    • Important point for easing labor pain a/or inducing labo.

UB 33

  • UB 33  Central Bone Hole
    • UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinicall.

UB 34

  • UB 34  Lower Bone Hole
    • UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Liao" points and are all useful for local low back a/or sacrum problems and most genital and urinary related disorders. Of these UB 32 is most often used clinicall.

UB 35

  • UB 35  Meeting of Yang
    • Main point for hemorrhoids.
    • Trauma a/or pain of the coccyx, deviatio.

UB 36

  • UB 36  Support
    • Low back pain/sciatica where pain runs down the posterior aspect of the leg.
    • Weakness of the lower limb.

UB 37

  • UB 37  Gate of Abundance
    • Local Point.

UB 38

  • UB 38  Superficial Cleft
    • Local Point.

UB 39

  • UB 39  Bend Yang
    • Damp heat conditions effecting the lower warmer: disperse for difficult urination.
    • Tonify for urinary incontinenc.

UB 40

  • UB 40  Bend Middle
    • As the Lumbar Command Point, useful for all lumbar related issues: acute low back pain, sprain, muscle spasms, etc.
    • Main point for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
    • Main point for all skin related issues: itching, oozing, inflammation, etc.
    • Good local point for leg a/or knee pain.

UB 41

  • UB 41  Attached Branch
    • Local Point.

UB 42

  • UB 42  Po Door
    • Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: cough, asthma, etc.
    • Effect the psycho-emotional aspects of the Lung meridian.
    • Drain heat from the Lun.

UB 43

  • UB 43  Gao Huang Shu
    • Main point for all disorders of the Lung and Upper Warmer: asthma, dyspnea, cough, tuberculosis, etc.
    • Tonification point for cases of weakness and deficiency especially from chronic illness.

UB 44

  • UB 44  Spirit Hall
    • Reinforce the HT Shu (UB 15) and treat Heart related psycho-emotional issues: anxiety, insomnia, et.

UB 45

  • UB 45  Yi Xi
    • Local Point.

UB 46

  • UB 46  Diaphragm Pass
    • Local Point.

UB 47

  • UB 47  Hun Gate
    • Reinforce the LV Back Shu (UB 18) and help treat the psycho-emotional aspects of the LV: depression, frustration, etc.
    • Local poin.

UB 48

  • UB 48  Yang Headrope
    • Local Point.

UB 49

  • UB 49  Reflection Abode
    • Reinforce the SP Shu (UB 20) especially with damp heat conditions: hepatitis, cholecystitis, wasting and thirsting (diabetes), et.

UB 50

  • UB 50  Stomach Granary
    • Local Point.

UB 51

  • UB 51  Huang Gate
    • Local Point.

UB 52

  • UB 52  Will Chamber
    • Reinforce the KD Back Shu (UB 23) for fertility issues (impotence, infertility) a/or urinary issues especially from damp heat or KD Qi or Yang deficiency (incontinence, dribbling urine).
    • Local Point.

UB 53

  • UB 53  Bladder Huang
    • Local Point.

UB 54

  • UB 54  Sequential Limit
    • Sciatica especially if pain radiates along the posterior aspect of the leg.
    • Five Lin (Painful Urination) disorder.

UB 55

  • UB 55  Yang Union
    • Local Point.

UB 56

  • UB 56  Sinew Support
    • Local Point.

UB 57

  • UB 57  Mountain Support
    • Main point for hemorrhoids from any etiology.
    • Main point for pain, swelling a/or cramping of the calf.
    • Heel a/or foot pain from trauma but also from paralysis a/or neurological disorder.

UB 58

  • UB 58  Taking Flight
    • Releases the exterior for wind/wind-cold conditions, especially useful when accompanied with neck stiffness a/or occipital headache.
    • As Luo Connecting Point, which connects to the KD, useful for chronic low back pain, especially with weak lower limbs and KD deficiency.
    • "Excess above with deficiency below," weak low back w/tight stiff neck a/or low back pain with weak lower limb.

UB 59

  • UB 59  Instep Yang
    • Acute pain a/or spasm of the Bladder a/or Yang Qiao meridians.
    • Lateral ankle sprai.

UB 60

  • UB 60  Kunlun Mountains
    • Main point for pain anywhere along the spine (UB 40 may be used more for pain in the middle of the spine).
    • Main point for chronic low back pain a/or problems of pain a/or numbness in the lower limbs.
    • Main point for headache and other excesses effecting the head.
    • Induce labor or promote discharge of a retained placent.

UB 61

  • UB 61  Subservient Visitor
    • Local Point.

UB 62

  • UB 62  Extending Vessel
    • With SI 3 for low back pain, difficulty walking, spinal problems as well as wind-cold effecting the taiyang channels: stiff neck a/or shoulders, occipital headache, etc.
    • Insomnia, nervousness (especially late at night), combine with KD 6.

UB 63

  • UB 63  Metal Gate
    • Local Point.

UB 64

  • UB 64  Capital Bone
    • Has a relationship to the Heart and Spirit, good distal point for palpitations, chest pain, irritability, mental confusion.
    • Local Point.

UB 65

  • UB 65  Bundle Bone
    • Local Point.

UB 66

  • UB 66  Valley Passage
    • Local Point.

UB 67

  • UB 67  Reaching Yin
    • Clears pain a/or stagnation from the opposite end of the channel: headache, eye pain, sinus pain, etc.
    • Use with moxabustion to adjust breech fetal position (generally indirect moxa for 10-20 minutes 1x/day).

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