Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang- an Introduction

Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang足太阳膀胱经
Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang足太阳膀胱经

Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang 足太阳膀胱经

Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang  originates from the inner canthus of eye, goes upward toward the forehead, and connects at the vertex. Its branch from the vertex descends to the upper corner of the ear. The straight branch from the vertex enters the brain, and then emerges to descend at the nape of neck, where the channel splits into two branches. The first branch runs downwards along the medial border of the scapular region parallel to the vertebral column, reaching the lumbar region, and then entering the body cavity via paravertebral muscle to connect with the kidney and end at the bladder. Another branch separates into the lumbar region, descends via the hip, and enters the popliteal fossa of the knee. The branch separates at the nape of the neck and descends along the medial aspect of the scapular region, crosses the hip joint, and then descends along the posterio-lateral aspect of the thigh to meet the previous branch of the channel in the popliteal fossa. From there it descends through the gastrocnemius muscle, emerges posterior to the lateral malleolus, and follows along the 5th metatarsal bone to the lateral side of the tip of little toe, where it communicates with the Kidney Channel of Foot – Shaoyin.

Indications of  Bladder Channel of Foot TaiYang :

Head, eyes, neck, back, lumber region and lower limbs diseases and mental illnesses. The indications of the Back-Shu points on the first lateral line of the back and the points on the 2nd line parallel to the 1st lateral line include the disorders of the related viscera, tissues, and organs.

 No.     Name            Location
 

BL 1

 

Jing Ming

睛明

On the face, in the depression slightly superior to the inner canthus.
 

BL 2

 

Cuan Zhu

攒竹

On the face, in the depression of the medial end of the eyebrow, on the supraorbital notch.
 

BL 3

Mei Chong

眉冲

On the scalp, directly above Cuanzhu (BL 2), 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline, between Shenting (GV 24) and Qucha (BL 4).
 

BL 4

 

Qu Chai 曲差

On the scalp, 0.5 cun within the hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline, at the junction of the medial 1/3rd and lateral 2/3rd of the distance from Shenting (GV 24) and Touwei (ST 8).
BL 5Wu Chu 五处On the scalp, 1 cun within the anterior hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline.
BL 6Cheng Guang 承光On the scalp, 2.5 cun within the anterior hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline.
BL 7Tong Tian

通天

On the scalp, 4 cun within the anterior hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline.
BL8Luo Que 络却On the scalp, 5.5 cun within the anterior hairline, 1.5 cun lateral to the midline.
 

BL 9

 

Yu Zhen 玉枕

On the posterior aspect of the head. 2.5 cun superior to the posterior hairline. 1.3 cun lateral to the midline and level with the depression on the superior border of the external occipital protuberance.
 

BL 10

 

Tian Zhu 天柱

On the nape of the neck, in the depression on the lateral border of the trapezius muscle, 1.3 cun lateral to the midpoint of the posterior hairline.
 

BL 11

 

Da zhu 大杼

On the back,level with lower border of the spinous process of 1st thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline ( Governor Vessel)
 

BL 12

Feng Men

风门

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 13

 

Fei Shu 肺俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 14

Jue Yin Shu 厥阴俞On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 15

 

Xin Shu 心俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 16

 

Du Shu 督俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 6th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 17

 

Ge Shu 膈俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 18

 

Gan Shu 肝俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 9th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 19

 

Dan Shu 胆俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 20

 

Pi Shu 脾俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 21

 

Wei Shu 胃俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 12th thoracic vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 22

San Jiao Shu 三焦俞On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 1st Lumbar vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 23

 

Shen Shu

肾俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd Lumbar vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 24

Qi Hai Shu

气海俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd Lumbar vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 25

Da Chang Shu大肠俞On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th Lumbar vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

 

BL 26

 

Guan Yuan Shu关元俞

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th Lumbar vertebra, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 27

 

Xiao Chang Shu小肠俞

Level with the 1st posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the medial sacral crest.
 

BL 28

Pang Guang Shu膀胱俞Level with the 2nd posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the medial sacral crest.
BL 29Zhong Lu Shu中膂俞Level with the 3rd posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the medial sacral crest.
 

BL 30

Bai Huan Shu白环俞Level with the 4th posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the medial sacral crest.
 

BL 31

 

Shang Liao

上髎

In the region of sacrum, between the posterior-superior iliac spine and the posterior midline, in the first posterior sacral midline.
 

BL 32

 

Ci Liao 次髎

In the region of the sacrum, medial and inferior to the posterior-superior iliac spine, in the 2nd posterior sacral foramen.
 

BL 33

Zhong Liao

中髎

In the region of sacrum, medial and inferior to Ciliao (BL 32), in the 3rd posterior sacral foramen.
 

BL 34

 

Xia Liao 下髎

In the region of sacrum, medial and inferior to Zhongliao (BL 33), in the 4th posterior sacral foramen.
BL 35Hui Yang

会阳

In the region of sacrum, 0.5 cun lateral to the tip of coccyx.
BL 36Cheng Fu

承扶

Posterior to the thigh, at the midpoint of transverse gluteal crease.
 

BL 37

 

Yin Men 殷门

On the posterior aspect of thigh, 6 cun below Chengfu (BL 36), on the line connecting Chengfu (BL 36) and Weizhong (BL 40).

 

 

BL 38

 

Fu Xu 浮郄

On the lateral end of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, 1 cun above Weiyang (BL 39) on medial side of the tendon of the biceps femoris.
 

BL 39

Wei Yang

委阳

On the lateral end of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, on the medial border of the tendon of biceps femoris.
 

BL 40

Wei Zhong

委中

In the midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinous.
 

BL 41

 

Fu fen 附分

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 42

 

Po Hu 魄户

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 43

Gao Huang

膏肓

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 44

Shen Tang

神堂

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 45

 

Yi Xi

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 6th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 46

 

Ge Guan 隔关

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 47

Hun Men

魂门

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 9th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 48

Yang Gang

阳纲

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 49

 

Yi She 意舍

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 50

Wei Chang

胃仓

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 12th thoracic vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 51

Huang Men 肓门On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 1st lumbar vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 52

 

Zhi Shi 志室

On the back, level with the lower border of the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebra, 3 cun lateral to the posterior midline.
 

BL 53

Bao Huang

胞肓

Level with the 2nd posterior sacral foramen, 3 cun lateral to the median sacral crest.
 

BL 54

 

Zhi Bian 秩边

Level with the 4th posterior sacral foramen, 3 cun lateral to the median sacral crest.
 

BL 55

 

He yang 合阳

On the posterior aspect of lower leg, 2 cun below Weizhong (BL 40), on the line connecting weizhong (BL 40) and Chengshan (BL 57)
 

BL 56

 

Cheng Jin

承筋

On the posterior aspect of lower leg, 5 cun below Weizhong (BL 40), on the line connecting weizhong (BL 40) and Chengshan (BL 57), in the centre of the belly of gastrocnemius muscle.
 

BL 57

 

Cheng Shan 承山

In the centre of the posterior aspect of lower leg, between weizhong (BL 40) and Kunlun (BL 60), in the triangle depression formed below bellies of the gastrocnemius muscle when the foot is stretched.
 

BL 58

 

Fei Yang 飞扬

On the posterior aspect of lower leg, behind the external malleolus, 7 cun above Kunlun (BL 60), 1 cun posterior and inferior to Chengshan (BL 57)

 

 

BL 59

 

Fu Yang 跗阳

On the posterior aspect of lower leg, behind the external malleolus, 3 cun above Kunlun (BL 60).
 

BL 60

 

Kun Lun 昆仑

Posterior to the external malleolus, in the depression between the prominence of external malleolus and the Achilles tendon.
 

BL 61

 

Pu Can 仆参

On the lateral side of the foot, posterior and inferior to the external malleolus, directly below Kunlun (BL 60), lateral to the canthus at the junction of the red and white skin.
 

BL 62

Shen Mai

申脉

On the lateral side of the foot, in the depression directly below the external malleolus.
 

BL 63

 

Jin Men 金门

On the lateral side of the foot, directly below the anterior of the external malleolus and below the border of the femur.
 

BL 64

 

Jing Gu 京骨

On the lateral side of the foot, below the tuberosity of the 5th metatarsal bone, at the junction of red and white skin.
 

BL 65

 

Shu Gu 束骨

On the lateral side of the foot, posterior to the head of the 5th metatarsal bone, at the junction of red and white skin.
 

BL 66

Zu Tong Gu 足通谷On the lateral side of the foot, anterior to the 5th metatarsophalangeal joint, at the junction of red and white skin.
 

BL 67

 

Zhi Yin 至阴

On the lateral side of the little toe, approx 0.1 cun lateral from the corner of nail.

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.