Danshu BL19: Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Danshu is the place where the Qi of the gallbladder is infused into the back.


Dan: Gallbladder          Shu:point
Danshu is the place where the Qi of the gallbladder infuses into the back.

Point: BL19
Chinese Name: 胆俞
Name: Danshu
English Name/Meaning: Gallbladder Transporter
Pinyin: dǎn shū
Han Geul 한글: dam yu 담유
Romaji: tan yu
Vietnamese:Đởm du


1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra.


  • Cools and drain heat from liver and gall bladder.
  • Calms the stomach (gastritis).
  • Regulates the qi.
  • Expands the diaphragm.


  • Danshu is main point for gallbladder diseases, such as jaundice, bitter taste in mouth, hypochondriac pain.
  • Pulmonary phthisis, high fever.


Puncture obliquely 0.5-0.8 cun.


Back-Shu Point of the Gallbladder.


Deep perpendicular or needling in a wrong direction carries a substantial risk of causing a pneumothorax.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

2 thoughts on “Danshu BL19: Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Comments are closed.