BL 23 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 23, or Urinary Bladder 23, Abbreviated as BL 23 or UB 23, Transliterated Shenshu in Chinese, Kidney Transporter in English.

BL 23 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra.

BL 23 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Enuresis, dysuria, edema
  • Spermatorrhea, impotence, irregular menstruation, leukorrhea
  • Deafness, tinnitus, cough, asthma
  • Hemiplegia, lumbar pain, bone disease

BL 23 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Strengthens the Kidneys, tonifies Kidney Yang, nourishes Kidney Yin and Essence, strengthens Kidney’s ability to grasp qi, benefits the ears and bones, strengthens the low back, resolves Dampness.


Back-Shu point of the Kidney


BL 23 is one of the most effective points to tonify the Kidneys. 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.