The Bladder meridian is the longest meridian in the body, and it has more points on it than any other meridian. 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.
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 chose to show off UB 60 since it’s easy to find and effects the entire meridian. Pressure on BL 60 stimulates the Qi (energy) within the whole meridian to come pouring down the back, bringing relief from pain and stress.
*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.
The Bladder Meridian is central to keeping the back healthy and for reducing back pain.
Here is a blog post I wrote all about how to reduce back pain using meridian massage.