How to find

In a seated 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 four spinous processes to the spinous process of T11. BL-20 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: Locate the articulation of the most inferior rib (T12) and palpate in a superior direction to T11. Or: Use the lumbar spine for reference.Located on the same level are GV 06 (Centre of the Spine) (on the midline), a point of Ex-B-2 (0.5 cun lateral to the midline) and BL 49 (Residence of Thought) (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 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).


  • Tonifies the Spleen Qi and Yang, regulates Qi in the Middle, raises Qi
  • Transforms Dampness
  • Holds and nourishes Blood


Back-shu point of the spleen. Major point for tonifying the Middle, especially for Spleen deficiency syndromes. Use moxibustion or tonifying needle techniques for nourishing the Blood.