UB 22

Acupuncture Point Theory

UB 22 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "UB 22" , 三焦俞, is represented by "San Jiao Shu" in pinyin and "Triple Burner Shu" in english and may be found:

1.5 cun lateral to GV 5, level with L1.


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

  • As Triple Heater Shu this point effects conditions related to imbalances between the upper and lower parts of the body especially those related to water: edema, bloating, ascites, borborygmus, difficult or painful urination, urinary retention.
  • With its ability to move water accumulations also useful for certain damp related issues in the head such as headaches and visual dizziness.
  • Uses with alternating chills and fever, jaundice and other issues involving difficulty digesting foods.


Ub 22 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ub 22 functional grouping theory - MuShu.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. UB22, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Bladder Damp Heat, Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat, Stomach Dampness and/or Stomach Food Stagnation

UB 22 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Borborygmus, Edema, Fever, Headache, Jaundice and/or Urinary Disorders (Lin Disease)

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at L1 (L1 innervates and influences the adrenal gland, t…), GB 25 (Local point for pain in the lumbar a/or lateral c…), GV 5 ( Local point for low back pain. Diarrhea…) and UB 51 (Local Point.) are nearby.

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