UB23 (Urinary Bladder 23) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Shenshu
English Name: Kidney Shu

Location: 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebra.


Back-Shu point for the Kidneys.


Reinforces the Kidneys, strengthens the transforming function of Qi (fluid transformation), nourishes Water and invigorates Fire, dispels Dampness, strengthens the lumbar spine, clears the vision and sharpens the hearing.

Primary Indications:

Seminal emission, irregular menses, low back pain, impotence.

Secondary Indications:

Edema, tinnitus, deafness.

Tertiary Indications:

Enuresis, vaginal discharge, visual dizziness, blurred vision, hematuria (blood lin), lin syndrome (milky lin), nephritis, asthma, emaciation/diabetes, emaciation/xu fatigue, diarrhea, fever, knees weak/cold, cold kidneys, headache, distension of sides/abdominal pain, genital pain.

Other Indications:

Facial complexion is yellowish black, alopecia, poor digestion, rumbling intestines, haemorrhoids, deficient kidneys, nephroptosis, apoplexy due to Kidneys, seizures, anemia, sequelae of infantile paralysis, quadriplegia, sciatica, lack of energy.


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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