Theory

UB 23 - Acupuncture Point - Shen Shu


UB 23 Names

  • English Name: Kidney Shu
  • Pinyin Name: Shen Shu
  • Chinese Character: 腎俞

Location


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UB 23 Clinical Uses

  • For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicine perspective 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: irregular cycles, 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.
  • Useful for dampness issues and water metabolism issues - edema, fluid retentions in the lower abdomen.
  • As the kidney system provides the root of the bodies energy many psychological conditions will respond well to tonification of this point as well - depression, anxiety disorders.


UB 23 Point Associations


UB 23 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 23 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 4

  • GV 4  Life Gate
    • Clears heat from the whole body, for heat disorders of the five zang, malarial disorders, steaming bone disease (can be associated with Tubercolosis among other conditions, a feeling of heat very deep in the body - Kidney Yin Deficiency from a TCM perspective).
    • Main point for tonifying Kidney qi and yang, for low back pain, weak knees, copious nocturnal urination, impotence, seminal emissions, deficient cold menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, cold-type vaginal discharge, daybreak diarrhea (5 a.m.) - possibly diarrhea with blood in the stools. Works well with ginger moxa.
    • Adrenal exhaustion from stress or overwork, fatigue, lack of sexual vitality or sexual exhaustion.
    • Epilepsy, tinnitus, dizziness, fear, panic attacks a/or fright.
    • Hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse.  

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.



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