The Bladder meridian and the common symptoms it treats.

Bladder Meridian


The Bladder meridian is the longest meridian in the body

The Bladder meridian is a Yang meridian.  It crosses the head, the back, the back of the legs, the side of the foot, and ends on the small toe.

“The Bladder is where the water converges and where, after being catalyzed by the qi, it is eliminated.” – Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine

With 67 acupoints, it has more points on it than any other meridian.
The first point of the Bladder meridian (also referred to as the Urinary Bladder meridian) is found on the inside corner of the eye. This point is BL 1. From here, the external pathway runs up and over the head and down the entire back side of the body, ending at the acupoint BL 67 at the tip of the small toe.

Bladder meridian diagram

Bladder meridian begins at the eye and ends on the little toe.

 

Among other things, I use the Bladder meridian to relieve headaches, eye strain, neck pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, and ankle pain. By massaging the Bladder meridian and many of the points along the back, pain can be prevented, and an overall sense of energy and vitality is sensed throughout the body-mind.

Famous Bladder Point

BL 60* Kun Lun “Kunlun Mountains”

There are many famous Bladder points! I choose to show off BL 60 as it is easy to find and effects the entire meridian. Pressure to BL 60 stimulates the Qi (energy) of the whole meridian to come pouring down from the back, bringing relief from pain and stress.

Bladder meridian

Use Bladder 60 to open the flow of Qi in the back, hips and legs.

*Do not use this point in pregnancy

Locate BL 60

BL 60 is found midway between the high point of the outer ankle bone and the Achilles Tendon. Gently contact this area, feeling for a slight indentation in the tissue where BL 60 is located. Apply gentle circular massage to encourage the movement of Qi in the whole Bladder meridian.

To continue learning, check out the “All About the Bladder Meridian” video on demand.

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.

7 Comments

  • Terri

    Reply Reply May 26, 2016

    Are there any points on the bladder meridian (or any other points) which specifically deal with healing bladder problems, stress incontinence and urge incontinence……. I am praying you have healing points for these issues. If would definitely be life changing.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply May 26, 2016

      The point Ren 3 is often used for bladder issues. The best thing is to consult with a local health practitioner as every person is unique.

  • Suzanne

    Reply Reply June 8, 2016

    My husband has had a full knee replacement 5 years ago. The first comment he said coming out of the operation room was: “My back hurts so much, it’s unbearable.” We believe it might be the side effect of the epidurale he had during the operation. Can’t get any confirmation from any doctors on that, obviously!!??!! Do you believe that working on the BL60 and the BL31-32-33-34 would help? How long would It take to get the Qi moving in the meridians?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply June 9, 2016

      Yes! I would work the Bladder meridian along the entire back, give extra attention to BL 31-34, then work the meridian down both legs and again focus on BL 60. You may find tender areas along the meridian as you work – pause and give more time to those areas.

      The intention is to get the Qi moving, so keep asking yourself and wondering “how can I help the Qi move here?” – and then allow your hands and intuition to guide you.

      Be attentive to his experience – ask often if he is experiencing any discomfort (in that case, lighten your pressure or stop altogether). If he is experiencing relief, that is also very good information to know 🙂

      The more consistent you can be with the massage to the meridian and points, the better the results can be. Depending on his experience of the massage, he might want to have the points worked a few times a week just to get a sense of how this may help. Let us know how it goes.

  • Marian Long

    Reply Reply June 12, 2017

    I have a very sensitive bladder due to fibro. Any specific suggestion to help desensitize my bladder? I trot to the bathroom too much.

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply June 12, 2017

      Hi
      Disease and health are understood from a very different perspective when viewed through the lens of Chinese medicine, rather than modern science and western medicine. I recommend working with an experienced practitioner in your area in order to get the best support from this perspective.

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