Baohuang BL53: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Bao refers to the bladder. Baohuang, BL 53  is at the level of Pangguangshu (BL30).


Bao: Bladder Huang: membrane
Bao refers to the bladder. Baohuang, BL 53  is at the level of Pangguangshu (BL30).
Point: BL53
Chinese Name: 胞肓
Name: Baohuang
English Name/Meaning: Bladder’s Vitals
Pinyin: bāo huāng
Han Geul 한글: po hwang 포황
Romaji: hō kō
Vietnamese:Bào hoang


3 cun lateral to the median sacral crest, at the level of the second sacral posterior foramen.

Functions of Baohunag, BL53:

  • Strengthens lumbar spine.
  • Strengthens the function of the bladder.
  • Opens the waterways to lower burner.


  • Borborygmus, abdominal distension, stiffness and fullness in hypogastrium.
  • Urinary retention, burning sensation during urination, edema of the legs.


Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.

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.