Geshu BL17:Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Geshu is the place where the Qi of the diaphragm is infused into the back.


Ge: Diaphragm           Shu:point
Geshu is the place where the Qi of the diaphragm is infused into the back.
Point: BL17
Chinese Name: 膈俞
Name: Geshu
English Name/Meaning: Diaphragm Transporter
Pinyin: gé shū
Han Geul 한글: gyeok yu 격유
Romaji: kaku yu
Vietnamese: Cách du


1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra.

Functions of Geshu:

  • Regulates, cools, nourishes and invigorates Blood.
  • Expands chest and diaphragm.
  • Strengthens deficient conditions.
  • Benefits tendons.


  • Stomachache, fullness of the stomach, vomiting and hiccup. main point for blood syndrome, such as hematemesis, bleeding from the eye, ear, nose, mouth or subcutaneous tissues.
  • Cough with asthme, hematemesis, high fever, night sweats.
  • Urticaria. feeling of oppression in the chest.


Puncture obliquely 0.5-1 cun


  • One of the Eight Influential Points(Blood Convergence).
  • Good tonic point.
  • Good for stomach cancer.


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

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.

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