(UB) Urinary Bladder Meridian - Point Functions Chart

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The (UB) Urinary Bladder Meridian has 67 points:

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UB 1
Bright Eyes
Jing Ming
    • 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.

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UB 2
Bamboo Gathering
Zan Zhu
    • Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache.
    • Red, itchy, watery eyes.
    • Use in facial massage for headaches with GB 20, ST 8, LI 4, and UB 60.
    • Generally, needle towards UB 1 for eye diseases or Yuyao for supraorbital pain.

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UB 3
Eyebrow Ascension
Mei Chong
    • Local point.

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UB 4
Deviating Turn
Qu Cha
    • Local Point.

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UB 5
Fifth Place
Wu Chu
    • Local Point.

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UB 6
Light Guard
Cheng Guang
    • Local Point.

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UB 7
Celestial Connection
Tong Tian
    • Local Point.

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

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

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UB 10
Celestial Pillar
Tian Zhu
    • 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.

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UB 11
Great Shuttle
Da Zhu
    • 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.

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UB 12
Wind Gate
Feng Men
    • 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.

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UB 13
Lung Shu
Fei 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.

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UB 14
Jue Yin Shu (Pericardium Shu)
Jue Yin 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.

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UB 15
Heart Shu
Xin 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.

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

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UB 17
Diaphragm Shu
Ge 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.

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UB 18
Liver Shu
Gan 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.

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UB 19
Gallbladder Shu
Dan 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.

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UB 20
Spleen Shu
Pi 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.

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UB 21
Stomach Shu
Wei 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

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UB 22
Triple Burner Shu
San Jiao 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.

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UB 23
Kidney Shu
Shen 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.

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UB 24
Sea of Qi Shu
Qi Hai Shu
    • Back pain.

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UB 25
Large Intestine Shu
Da Chang Shu

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UB 26
Origin Pass Shu
Guan Yuan Shu
    • Low back pain.

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UB 27
Small Intestine Shu
Xiao Chang 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).

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UB 28
Bladder Shu
Pang Guang 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.

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UB 29
Central Backbone Shu
Zhong Lu Shu
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 31
Upper Bone Hole
Shang Liao
    • 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.

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UB 32
Second Bone Hole
Ci Liao
    • 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.

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UB 33
Central Bone Hole
Zhong Liao
    • 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.

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UB 34
Lower Bone Hole
Xia Liao
    • 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.

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

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

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UB 37
Gate of Abundance
Yin Men
    • Local Point.

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UB 38
Superficial Cleft
Fu Xi
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 40
Bend Middle
Wei Zhong
    • 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 pai.

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UB 41
Attached Branch
Fu Fen
    • Local Point.

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UB 42
Po Door
Po Hu
    • 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.

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UB 43
Gao Huang Shu
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.

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

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UB 45
Yi Xi
Yi Xi
    • Local Point.

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UB 46
Diaphragm Pass
Ge Guan
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 48
Yang Headrope
Yang Gang
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 50
Stomach Granary
Wei Cang
    • Local Point.

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UB 51
Huang Gate
Huang Men
    • Local Point.

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UB 52
Will Chamber
Zhi Shi
    • 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.

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UB 53
Bladder Huang
Bao Huang
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 55
Yang Union
He Yang
    • Local Point.

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UB 56
Sinew Support
Cheng Jin
    • Local Point.

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UB 57
Mountain Support
Cheng Shan
    • 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.

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UB 58
Taking Flight
Fei Yang
    • 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.

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

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UB 60
Kunlun Mountains
Kun Lun
    • 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.

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UB 61
Subservient Visitor
Pu Can
    • Local Point.

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UB 62
Extending Vessel
Shen Mai
    • 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.

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UB 63
Metal Gate
Jin Men
    • Local Point.

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

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UB 65
Bundle Bone
Shu Gu
    • Local Point.

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UB 66
Valley Passage
Tong Gu
    • Local Point.

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

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