BL 18 (Chinese name: ganshu )

Nov 4, 2021 | Acu point

How to find

In a standing position with the arms hanging down, the spinous process of T7 is approximately on the level of the inferior angle of the scapula. From there, count down two spinous processes to the spinous process of T9. BL-18 is located on the level of the lower border of its spinous process and 1.5 cun lateral to the midline at the highest point of the paraspinal musculature. Or: Use the C7 as a reference point. From there, count down nine spinous processes to T9 and locate BL-18 1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of its spinous process.Located on the same level are GV 08 (Sinew Contraction) (on the midline), a point of Ex-B-2 (0.5 cun lateral to the midline) and BL 47 (Gate of the Ethereal Door) (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 9th thoracic vertebra (T9).


  • Spreads Liver Qi, cools Fire, clears Damp-Heat, regulates and nourishes Liver Blood, subdues (internal) Wind
  • Benefits the eyes
  • Benefits the sinews


Back-shu point of the Liver

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