Names Of Shang Liao

UB 31 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Upper Bone Hole
  • Pinyin Name: Shang Liao
  • Chinese Character: 上髎
Meridian Information

Where Is UB 31 ?

UB 31 Location

  • On the sacrum at the midpoint of the PSIS and the PML, level with the 1st PSF.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is UB 31 Used For?

UB 31 Clinical Usages

  • 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.
  • As it quickens the connecting vessels may be useful for blockages of defecation or urination.
  • For the functional and movement aspects for female issues such as - Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, leukorrhea.  And for male issues such as impotence, erectile dysfunction (ED), seminal emission, genital pain.

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What Diagnostic Patterns May Use UB 31 ?

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".

What Conditions May Use UB 31 ?

What Points Are Near UB 31 ?

UB 27 Small Intestine Shu


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  • 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, hemorrhoids, dysentary).
  • Other lower warmer discharges - leukorrhea, seminal emission.

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