Point of the Week
Bladder 17 good for cooling heat and invigorating stagnation in blood
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By Gigi Shames  June 14, 2013 12:00 am

This point, known to acupuncturists as Bladder 17, is located on the back an inch and a half from the spine, at the lower border of the seventh thoracic vertebra.  Like all points along the Bladder Meridian, it generally treats urinary conditions and pain of the neck and back. This point in particular is excellent for invigorating stagnation and cooling heat in the blood, so it treats sharp pain of the chest, nosebleeds and dizziness.  It also can treat acid reflux, hiccup, and heartburn after eating. In Acupuncture theory, pain is caused by a stagnation within the Meridians (pathways circulating energy and nourishment throughout the body). The function of this point is to clear heat and stagnation from the stomach and chest, thus relieving pain.

Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice. 

Step one: Have a friend use the thumb or index finger to press firmly and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. 

Step two: Repeat several times per hour or until symptoms lessen. This point can also be used preventively, to avoid developing the symptoms (great for use during cold/allergy season).

Gigi Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati.

She can be reached at www.ShamesHealth.com or (415) 388-0456.

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