UB20 (Urinary Bladder 20) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Pishu
English Name: Spleen Shu

Location: 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the eleventh thoracic vertebra.


Back-Shu point for the Spleen.


Regulates Spleen Qi and promotes Spleen's transporting and transforming functions, eliminates dampness, harmonizes the blood, reinforces the Qi.

Primary Indications:

Abdominal distension and fullness, diarrhea, dysentry.

Secondary Indications:

Edema, jaundice, Stomach and Spleen Xu/poor digestion/poor appetite.

Tertiary Indications:

Vomiting, hemafecia, hemorrhagic diseases, difficulty in swallowing, stomach prolapse, gastritis, epigastric pain, excessive appetite with emaciation/diabetes, back pain, masses in chest and abdomen, distension/fullness and pain in sides and chest.

Other Indications:

Dyspnea, enlargement of liver and spleen, anemia, lassitude and prostrate exhaustion, chronic infantile fright wind, phlegm patterns, clonic spasms, borborygmi, abundant stools, profuse menstruation, prolapsed uterus, Yin or Yang diseases with fever or chills, fever and chills, malaria due to hypersecretion (due to mucoid sputum), urticaria, weakness in the limbs.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Urinary Bladder channel:

(UB1, UB2, UB3, UB4, UB5, UB6, UB7, UB8, UB9, UB10, UB11, UB12, UB13, UB14, UB15, UB16, UB17, UB18, UB19, UB20, UB21, UB22, UB23, UB24, UB25, UB26, UB27, UB28, UB29, UB30, UB31, UB32, UB33, UB34, UB35, UB36, UB37, UB38, UB39, UB40, UB41, UB42, UB43, UB44, UB45, UB46, UB47, UB48, UB49, UB50, UB51, UB52, UB53, UB54, UB55, UB56, UB57, UB58, UB59, UB60, UB61, UB62, UB63, UB64, UB65, UB66, UB67)

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