UB 41

Acupuncture Point Theory

UB 41 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "UB 41" , 附分, is represented by "Fu Fen" in pinyin and "Attached Branch" in english and may be found:

3 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T2, on the spinal border of the scapula. Lateral to UB 12.


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

  • Useful for dispelling cold and wind from the upper back and neck - neck pain, shoulder problems, arm and/or elbow issues. 

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. UB41, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

UB 41 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Arm Pain, Neck Pain and/or Shoulder Pain

While not necessarily valid clinically, SI 10 (Local point for shoulder and upper arm pain, swel…), SI 12 (Local point for shoulder, scapula and/or arm pain…), SI 13 (Local point for shoulder and/or scapular region p…) and UB 12 (Main point to expel wind from the Wei Qi level of…) are nearby.

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