Bladder Meridian

Zhishi BL52 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

The kidney stores the will. Zhishi, BL52  is at the level of Shenshu (BL23) , like a chamber where the Qi of Kidney gathers.BL52


Zhi: will Shi: chamber
The kidney stores the will. Zhishi is at the level of Shenshu (BL23), like a chamber where the Qi of Kidney gathers.

Chinese Name: 志室
English Name/Meaning: Residence of the Will
Pinyin: zhì shì
Han Geul 한글: ji sil 지실
Romaji: shi shitsu
Vietnamese:Chí thất


3 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra.

Functions of Zhishi:

  • Supplements the Kidneys and the essence (Nocturnal emission, impotence).
  • Regulates urine and dispels damp.
  • Reinforces the will power (determination and ambition).


  • Main point to treat diseases of the urinary system: difficulty of urination, edema.
  • Also point for genital system: impotence, seminal emission.
  • Stiffness and pain in the back.


Puncture obliquely 0.5-0.8 cun, but cannot be too deep lest the kidney be hurt.


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.