Bladder 40

BL40 Acupressure Point

Acupressure point Bladder 40 (BL 40) is a prized point for obstructions of the Urinary Bladder channel causing back pain. It is also an important point for treating strokes in Chinese medicine.

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Location of Acupressure Point BL 40

On the middle point directly behind the knee cap on the back of the leg on the midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa between the two tendons, biceps femoris and muscle semitendinosus. Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Bladder 40 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations of UB 40

Lower Back Pain Relief

Back of the Knee Pain Relief

Stroke Recovery

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Other Name(s) of BL Acupuncture Point Urinary Bladder 40

  • Weizhong
  • Urinary Bladder 40 (UB40)
  • Bent Middle
  • Supporting Middle
  • Middle of the Crook

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupuncture Point BL 40

  • Lower He Sea-Earth Point of Bladder Channel
  • Ma Dan Yang-Heavenly Star Point
  • Gao Wu Command Point of Lower and Upper Back Regions

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point BL 40

  • Resolves Damp
  • Removes Obstructions from the Bladder Channel
  • Activates UB Channel and Alleviates Pain
  • Clears Heat
  • Cools Blood
  • Benefits the Bladder
  • Benefits the Back and Knees
  • Relaxes the Tendons
  • Eliminates Summer Heat
  • Breaks Up Blood Stagnation

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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