BL 15 (Chinese name: xinshu )

Nov 4, 2021 | Acu point

How to find

First, locate the spinous process of C7. From there, count down five spinous processes to the lower border of the spinous process of T5. Measure 1.5 cun laterally to locate BL-15 on the highest point of the paraspinal musculature. Or: With the patient seated and their arms hanging down, the spinous process of the T3 is generally on the level of the easily palpable medial end of the scapular spine. From there, count down two spinous processes in an inferior direction to the T5. Locate BL-15 1.5 cun lateral to the midline.Located on the same level are GV 11 (Spirit Pathway) (on the midline), a point of Ex-B-2 (0.5 cun lateral to the midline) and BL 44 (Spirit Hall) (3 cun lateral to the midline).


1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline, on the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra (T5).


  • Tonifies and nourishes the Heart, regulates the Heart Qi, unbinds the chest and removes Blood stasis, calms the Shen, clears Fire, moves Qi locally and along the channel pathway: for example, for disorders of the thoracic spine and inter- costal region


Back-shu point of the Heart

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