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Urinary Bladder Meridian (Toot Tai Yang) Points

UB-17 (Ge Shu)


Chinese Name:

Geshu 膈俞

English translation:

Diaphragm Shu


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


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


  • 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.


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


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.


Oblique insertion .5 - .8 cun

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