UB 1

Acupuncture Point Theory

UB 1 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "UB 1" , 睛明, is represented by "Jing Ming" in pinyin and "Bright Eyes" in english and may be found:

In a depression, .1 cun above the inner canthus of the eye.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (internal or external), excess, a/or heat.
  • Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc.
  • Myopia, color blindness, night blindness.
  • Glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts.

UB 1 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid Moxa (MX)
Slow insertion, no needle manipulation.


Ub 1 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Entry Point
  • Intersection Point of the Urinary Bladder, Small Intestine, Stomach, Yin Qiao & Yang Qiao Channels (some sources list additional channels such as the Gall Bladder, Triple Heater & Governing Vessel)

Explore ub 1 functional grouping theory - Entry Exit Point.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. UB1, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat and/or Liver Wind

UB 1 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Excessive Lacrimation (Tearing), Eye Problems, Glaucoma and/or Optic Nerve Atrophy

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Shangming (Disorders of the eyelids, pterygium. Vision issu…), EX Taiyang (Temporal, one-sided a/or migraine headaches. Eye…), EX Yintang ( Calms the spirit - insomnia, anxiety, stress.…), EX Yuyao (Frontal headache a/or pain in the supraorbital re…), GB 14 (Frontal/temporal (ST/TH area) headaches. Eye issu…), ST 2 (Any eye problem - red, painful and/or itchy eyes,…) and UB 2 (Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. …) are nearby.

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