BL 44 Acupuncture Point

Bladder 44, or Urinary Bladder 44, Abbreviated as BL 44 or UB 44, Transliterated Shentang in Chinese, Spirit Hall in English.

BL 44 Acupuncture Point Location:

On the back, 3.0 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra.

BL 44 Acupuncture Point Indications:

  • Cardiac pain, palpitations, insomnia
  • Chest congestion, cough, asthma
  • Pain of the shoulder and back

BL 44 Acupuncture Point Benefits:

Activates the meridian, frees the chest, calms the Shen.


BL 44 is the outer Back-Shu of the Heart. Its special feature is that it helps treat the psychological/spiritual aspect of the Heart. It is usually used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression.