UB-17 (Ge Shu)

UB11-UB35

Chinese Name:

Geshu 膈俞

English translation:

Diaphragm Shu

Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra.

Classification:

Back-Shu point of the Diaphragm, Converging point of Blood

Indications:

  • Cough, hemoptysis/spitting blood, vomiting/belching.
  • Difficulty in swallowing, bone steaming fever, asthma, night sweats, hiccoughs, all TCM blood disorders (hemorrhage, anemia, urticaria), cardiac inflammation, stomach cancer, enteritis, abdominal distension/pain, back pain and stiffness, bi syndrome, lassitude, hypersomnia.
  • Mania and withdrawal, pleurisy, inflammation of chest, cardiac pain, gastric hyperacidity, anorexia, even if temperature is normal the patient cannot eat; if he eats it causes cardiac pain, evacuation difficulty, nephritis, tuberculosis of the lymph glands, cold abscess, spasms, swelling, dilation and atony, abundant sweating even in cold weather.

Functions:

Invigorates the Blood, cools the Blood, nourishes the Blood, stops bleeding, descends rebellious Qi, harmonizes the diaphragm, calms the Shen.

Notes:

UB 17 is a very important point to treat any blood-related conditions. Since it's the Back-Shu of the Diaphragm, it is also an important point to treat conditions related to diaphragmatic problems such as hiccups and shortness of breath. 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


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