Theory

UB 17 - Acupuncture Point - Ge Shu


UB 17 Names

  • English Name: Diaphragm Shu
  • Pinyin Name: Ge Shu
  • Chinese Character: 膈俞

Location


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UB 17 Clinical Uses

  • 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.  These conditions may include coughing or vomiting of blood, blood in the stool.
  • 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 harmonizes the chest and descends rebellious qi - problems with diaphragmatic breathing or shortness of breath and other diaphragm related conditions such as belching or hiatal hernia.
  • Chest / cardiac pain, also psychological "heart" related conditions - manic depression.
  • A range of digestive issues, particularly those involving rebellious qi - vomiting, epigastric pain, reflux.


UB 17 Point Associations


UB 17 TCM Patterns

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".



UB 17 Conditions Treated

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".


Nearby Acupuncture Points

GV 9

  • GV 9  Extremity of Yang
    • Important point for mid-thoracic pain, chest and flank pain radiating from the back.
    • Asthma, cough, difficulty speaking due to shortness of breath, opens the chest and relaxes the diaphragm, combine with UB 17 and Huatuo of T7.
    • Important point for LV/GB disharmony, especially involving damp heat, for hepatitis, jaundice, cholecystitis  

UB 46

  • UB 46  Diaphragm Pass
    • Local Point.



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