BL 43 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 43, or Urinary Bladder 43, Abbreviated as BL 43 or UB 43, Transliterated Gaohuangshu in Chinese, Vital Region Shu in English.

BL 43 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 3.0 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th thoracic vertebra.

BL 43 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Pulmonary tuberculosis, cough, asthma, poor appetite, loose stools, emaciation and weakness
  • Spermatorrhea, night sweating, poor memory
  • Aching pain in the shoulder and back

BL 43 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Nourishes Lung Yin, tonifies Qi and strengthens the body, nourishes Essence.


BL 43 is unique in that it tonifies the Qi of the whole body and strengthens weak and deficient people. Using moxa on this point works well.