Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Weishu : Stomach Shu

Bl-21 : Foot Taiyang Bladder 21

Back-Shu point of the stomach

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the twelfth thoracic vertebra (T12).

Oblique insertion towards the spine 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse-oblique insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

Perpendicular needling or oblique needling away from the spine carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

TCM Actions:
Regulates the stomach and descends rebellion
Harmonises the middle jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Epigastric pain, cold and feeble Stomach, distension and cold of the Stomach, distension and fullness of the abdomen and epigastrium, fullness of the lateral costal region, oedema and drum distension.
  • Thin body despite much eating, hungry but unable to eat, lack of appetite, difficult ingestion, vomiting, vomiting clear fluid, vomiting in the morning what was eating the evening before, Stomach reflux, sudden turmoil disorder, contracted sinews, childhood nutritional impairment, regurgitation of milk in children.
  • Borborygmus, diarrhoea, undigested food in the stool.
  • Chest pain, contraction and pain of the back, jaundice, malaria, long term abdominal (ji) masses, dimness of vision, prolapse of the rectum.

    Superficial Innervation: Posterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T12
    Dermatome Segment: T12
    Deeper Structures: Dorsal rami of spinal nerves from T12

    As the back-shu of the stomach this is the main point on the back for treating disorders of the upper digestive tract.


    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)

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