UB 19

Acupuncture Point Theory

UB 19 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "UB 19" , 膽俞, is represented by "Dan Shu" in pinyin and "Gallbladder Shu" in english and may be found:

1.5 cun lateral to GV 7, level with T10.


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

  • Shao Yang level diseases, alternating fever and chills.
  • Main point for damp heat in the Liver and Gall Bladder: hepatitis, cholecystitis, jaundice, vomiting, flank pain and distension, bitter taste in the mouth. Often combined with the LV Shu (UB 18).
  • UB 17 & UB 19 are classcially known as the "Four Flowers," useful for tonifying the Blood.
  • Pain along the GB meridian (sides of the body) from any etiology, intercostal neuralgia, rib pain, trauma, herpes zoster.
  • Gall Bladder related emotional issues: indecision, timidity, fear.  As well as damp-heat related psycho-emotional issues such as insomnia, anxiety (often with bitter taste in the mouth), palpitations.


Ub 19 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ub 19 functional grouping theory - MuShu.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. UB19, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat and/or Stomach Rebellious Qi

UB 19 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Chronic Cholecystitis, Common Cold, Flu, Gallstones (Cholelithiasis), Herpes, Jaundice, Palpitations and/or Vomiting

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at T10 (T10 (Left) innervates the gall bladder and is use…), GV 7 ( Local point for back pain. Epigastric p…) and UB 48 (Local Point.) are nearby.

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