BL 15 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 15, or Urinary Bladder 15, Abbreviated as BL 15 or UB 15, Transliterated Xinshu in Chinese, Heart Transporter in English.

BL 15 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra.

BL 15 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Cardiac pain, palpitation, chest congestion, shortness of breath
  • Cough, hematemesis
  • Insomnia, forgetfulness, epilepsy
  • Nocturnal emission, night sweating

BL 15 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Strengthens and nourishes the Heart, calms the Shen, regulates Heart Qi, opens the chest, resolves Blood stagnation, clears Heart Heat/Fire.


Back-Shu point of the Heart


BL 15 is one of the best points for insomnia and anxiety, especially if the pattern is due to heat. 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.