Bladder Meridian

Shenshu BL23 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Shenshu is the place where the Qi of the kidney infuses into the back.


Shen: Kidney Shu:point
Shenshu is the place where the Qi of the kidney infuses into the back.

Point: BL23
Chinese Name:肾俞
Name: Shenshu
English Name/Meaning: Kidney Transporter
Pinyin: shèn shū
Han Geul 한글: sim yu 신유
Romaji: jin yu
Vietnamese:Thận du


1.5cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2th lumbar vertebra.

Functions of shenshu:

  • Tonifies the kidney (Kidney yin, kidney yang, kidney qi, kidney essence).
  • Strengthens the lumbar vertebra (Supports low back).
  • Benefits the ear and eyes.


  • Main point for disorders in urinary system: frequently micturation, pain in urination, urgent micturation, retention, diguria, edema, etc.
  • Also beneficial for diseases in genital system: impotence, spermatorrhea, irregular menstruation, etc.
  • Other d isorders:tinnitus, deafness; chronic lumbago; Cough, asthma, asthenic breathing.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1.0cun


Back-Shu Point of the Kidney.


Deep perpendicular needling carries a risk of injuring the kidney.


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.