Theory

UB 18 - Acupuncture Point - Gan Shu


UB 18 Names

  • English Name: Liver Shu
  • Pinyin Name: Gan Shu
  • Chinese Character: 肝俞

Location


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UB 18 Clinical Uses

  • Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - physical and psycho-emotional.
  • Physical liver issues such as - hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis.  Generalized blood stagnation, qi stagnation, etc.
  • Brightens the eyes - important point for eye problems, pain, itching, dryness, redness, blurred vision, visual dizziness, twitching, night blindness.
  • Spreads liver qi and stablizes the spirit - important 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 18 Point Associations


UB 18 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 18 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 8

  • GV 8  Sinew Contraction
    • Reinforces Liver Back-shu (UB 18), special point for spasms in the sinews, general muscles tightness and contraction, spine stiffness, combine with GB 34, Huatuo of T9-T10, UB 18, LV 3, LV 8, LV 14.
    • Stress, irritability, physical heart pain, repressed anger, overly expressed anger.
    • Manic depression, epilepsy.
    • Mentioned for epigastric and cardiac pain.  

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.



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