Shen shu, Bladder 23, is one of the most important points on the body.
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This means it has a very direct effect on Kidney Zang and Kidney Qi. Treating this point directly affects Kidney Qi. It is also very close to the kidney organs and may accrue extra potency because of this.
Location of Shen Shu
1.5 cun lateral to the inter-vertebral space between L2 and L3, usually at the highest point of the para-spinal muscles.
Obliquely towards the spine, depth 1 – 1.5 cun.
Caution! Deep needling can damage the kidney organs.
Although the point is usually found at the highest point of the para-spinal muscles, sometimes it is easier to needle the point from slightly lateral to this, because the skin may be a little less sensitive there.
Needling sensation: across the back to the sides and downwards.
Actions of Bladder Point 23
- Nourishes and regulates Kidney qi
- Assists both Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang
- Benefits Jing-essence
- Benefits the uterus
- Normalises water passages: benefits urination
- Reduces over-heating in the five Zang organs (Heart, Liver, Kidney, Lung, Spleen) along with BL-13 Feishu, BL-15 Xinshu, BL-18, Ganshu, BL-20 Pishu.
- Strengthens the lumbar area
- Benefits hearing and sight