BL 18 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 18, or Urinary Bladder 18, Abbreviated as BL 18 or UB 18, Transliterated Ganshu in Chinese, Liver Transporter in English.

BL 18 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 9th thoracic vertebra.

BL 18 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Pain in the hypochondrium, jaundice
  • Eye diseases, vomiting, epistaxis
  • Manic psychosis, back pain

BL 18 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Moves stagnant Liver Qi, regulates and nourishes Liver Blood, resolves Damp-Heat, benefits the eyes and sinews, dispels Wind.


Back-Shu point of the Liver


BL 18 is very helpful for any Liver related condition. 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.