Bladder Meridian

Dushu BL16: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Dushu is the place where the Qi of the governor vessel infuses.


Du: governor                   Vessel Shu: point
Dushu is the place where the Qi of the governor vessel infuses.
Point: BL16
Chinese Name: 督俞
Name: Dushu
English Name/Meaning: Governor Transporter
Pinyin: dū shū
Han Geul 한글: dok yu 독유
Romaji: toku yu
Vietnamese: Đốc du


1.5 cun lateral to Lingtai (GV10), at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the sixth thoracic vertebra.

Functions of Dushu:

  • Relaxes chest and regulates qi.
  • Regulate sanjiao.


  • Digestive disorders: Abdominal pain, abdominal distension, bloating, hiccups, nausea, vomiting.
  • Pain in heart due to blood stasis, chills and fever.


Oblique insertion towards the spine, 0.5 to 1 cun.


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


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.