Back Shu Points diagram

Vitalize the whole body using Back Shu Points

Back Shu points boost the Qi in the Organs.

“Shu” means “transport.”
By contacting the Back Shu points from a calm and steady state of mind/body, we utilize the function of these points to energize the organs. For each organ, there is a Back Shu point.

The Back Shu points are located on the inner pathway of the Bladder meridian on both sides of the back. This pathway is located half-way between the spinal column, and the medial (inner) border of the shoulder blade (scapula).

Bladd Meridian inner back pathway

The Shu points are located on the inner Bladder line on the back. (The Bladder meridian is located on both sides of the back.)


Keep it simple!

By working all of the points down the inner line of the Bladder meridian, you will contact all of the Back Shu points. With time and experience, you will feel each of these points clearly. As you gain confidence in the mechanics of locating these points, use the chart below to determine which Back Shu point you are contacting. The more aware you are of which organ you are supporting with each point, the more benefit you will offer as you work.


Back Shu Points diagram

Back Shu Points

 How to Locate Back Shu Points

First, locate the inner Bladder meridian line (half the distance from the spine to the medial border of the scapula (shoulder blade).

Second, each Back Shu point is level with a specific vertebra. For instance, the Lung Shu point is level with the third thoracic vertebrae. Below is a list of the exact vertebrae associated with each Back Shu point.

T= Thoracic vertebrae, L = Lumbar Vertebrae, S = Sacral Vertebrae

T 3 – Lungs
T 4 – Pericardium
T 5 – Heart
T 9 – Liver
T 10 – Gallbladder
T 11 – Spleen
T 12 – Stomach
L 1 – San Jiao (Triple Warmer)
L 2 – Kidney
L 4 – Large Intestine
S 1 – Small Intestine
S 2 – Bladder

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Jyoti

    Reply Reply October 15, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this knowledge, I would love to bring it into my practice.
    Thank you

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply October 15, 2015

      You are welcome.


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