BL 17 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 17, or Urinary Bladder 17, Abbreviated as BL 17 or UB 17, Transliterated Geshu in Chinese, Diaphragm Transporter in English.

BL 17 Acupuncture Point Location:

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

BL 17 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Acute epigastric pain, hiccup, dysphagia, blood in the stools
  • Cough, asthma, hematemesis, hectic fever and night sweating

BL 17 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

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


Back-Shu point of the Diaphragm
Converging point of Blood


BL 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.