BL 20 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 20, or Urinary Bladder 20, Abbreviated as BL 20 or UB 20, Transliterated Pishu in Chinese, Spleen Transporter in English.

BL 20 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra.

BL 20 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Abdominal distention, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, blood in the stools
  • Edema

BL 20 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Tonifies Spleen/Stomach Qi and Yang, nourishes Blood, resolves Dampness, regulates SP/ST Qi.


Back-Shu point of the Spleen


BL 20 is an important point to use for any Spleen patterns. Excellent point to tonify the Spleen and Stomach for chronic conditions.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.