UB 16

Acupuncture Point Theory

UB 16 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "UB 16" , 督俞, is represented by "Du Shu" in pinyin and "Governing Shu" in english and may be found:

1.5 cun lateral to GV 10, level with T6.


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

  • Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, boils, psoriasis, alopecia.
  • Harmonizes the qi in the chest and abdomen - epigastric pain, abdominal distention, borborygmus.
  • Chest / Cardiac pain - unbinds the chest.


Ub 16 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ub 16 functional grouping theory - MuShu, or read all point categories and related theory.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. UB16, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation and/or Stomach Rebellious Qi

UB 16 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Acne, Alopecia, Borborygmus, Chest Pain, Epigastric Pain and/or Psoriasis

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at T6 (T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of …), GV 10 ( Clears Blood heat and infectious toxicity, fo…), UB 5 (Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilep…) and UB 45 (Local Point.) are nearby.

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