UB-20 (Pi Shu)

UB11-UB35

Chinese Name:

Pishu 脾俞

English translation:

Spleen Shu

Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra.

Classification:

Back-Shu point of the Spleen

Indications:

  • Abdominal distension and fullness, diarrhea, dysentry.
  • Edema, jaundice, Stomach and Spleen Xu/poor digestion/poor appetite.
  • Vomiting, hemafecia, hemorrhagic diseases, difficulty in swallowing, stomach prolapse, gastritis, epigastric pain, excessive appetite with emaciation/diabetes, back pain, masses in chest and abdomen, distension/fullness and pain in sides and chest.
  • Dyspnea, enlargement of liver and spleen, anemia, lassitude and prostrate exhaustion, chronic infantile fright wind, phlegm patterns, clonic spasms, borborygmi, abundant stools, profuse menstruation, prolapsed uterus, Yin or Yang diseases with fever or chills, fever and chills, malaria due to hypersecretion (due to mucoid sputum), urticaria, weakness in the limbs.

Functions:

Tonifies Spleen/Stomach Qi and Yang, nourishes Blood, resolves Dampness, regulates SP/ST Qi.

Notes:

UB 20 is an important point to use for any Spleen patterns. Excellent point to tonify the Spleen and Stomach for chronic conditions. Back-Shu points are corresponding points on the back where the Qi of the respective Zang-Fu organ is infused. If the Five Zang organs are diseased, abnormal reactions appear on the Back-Shu points. Back-Shu points have a direct therapeutic effect on the diseases of the Five Zang organs. For more complete information on Back-Shu and Front-Mu points, click here.

Needling:

Oblique insertion .5 - .8 cun.