BL 51 (Chinese name: huangmen )

Nov 8, 2021 | Acu point

How to find

Place both hands superior or lateral to the highest points of the iliac crest, joining the thumbs in the middle above the spine. In most cases, this line intersects with the spinous process of L4 (note: this varies depending on the patient’s position). From there, count upward to the lower border of the spinous process of L1 and, on this level, locate BL-51 3 cun in a lateral direction. Or: With the patient seated and their arms hanging down in a relaxed way, the spinous process of T7 is generally on the level of the inferior angle of the scapula. From there, count down six spinous processes and locate BL-51 3 cun lateral to the spinous process of L1.Located on the same level are GV 05 (Suspended Pivot) (on the midline), a point of Ex-B-2 (0.5 cun lateral to the midline), BL 22 (Sanjiao Shu (Triple Heater)) (1.5 cun lateral to the midline) and Ex-B-4 (3.5 cun lateral to the midline).


3 cun lateral to the posterior midline, on the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the 1st lumbar vertebra (L1).


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