18 Acupressure Points For Bladder Related Problems You Must Know

Acupressure is an age-old technique closely related to acupuncture with origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While acupuncture requires the use of small needles to target pressure points, or acupoints, throughout the body, acupressure uses pressure from your fingers or hands to target these points.

Acupressure is an easy practice to do by yourself or with help from a friend or family member. According to TCM, acupressure points are located along meridians on the human body. Meridians are pathways in which energy flows, and each corresponds to one of the vital organs (such as the liver, kidneys, etc.). Acupoints are, on average, easy to find: many of them lay in small divots or crooks in the body (such as the temple, behind the knee, etc.). The amount of pressure applied will vary from person to person and depending on where the point is, but you typically want to apply firm pressure for several minutes to reap the full benefits.

In this article, we are going to break down 18 acupressure points for the bladder, such as acupressure points to induce urination and points for an overactive bladder. If you suffer from these problems, or any other bladder issues, read to see how acupressure can help.

Can acupuncture help with bladder problems?

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Quick answer: yes! Acupuncture (and acupressure) has proven to help with thousands of ailments, issues with the bladder being among those ailments. Acupuncture stimulates energy (or “qi” according to TCM), allowing energy to flow throughout the body and promote healing.

All acupressure points discussed below have resulted in great success for people suffering from bladder problems. Whether you’re suffering from an overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, and more: you can benefit from the following acupressure points for the bladder. If you are looking for even more information on how acupressure can help bladder issues, check out other articles we have written on acupoint for urinary tract infection and how to unblock bladder meridian. We have articles on other ailments as well, such as acupressure for bloating.

Acupressure Points For Free Flow Of Urine

Acupoint: Ren-14 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-14/Ju Que/Great Palace)

The “Great Palace” acupressure point is located on the conception vessel meridian. Engaging Ren-14 will open up your chest, allowing for relief in the chest and gastronomic area of the body. In addition to helping the flow of urine, the Great Palace will help with swallowing, epilepsy, and even vomiting.

Ren-14 is located on the front of the body, on the chest, just below the sternum (see the image above for a more detailed location). Another method to locate this acupoint is that it is 6 cun directly above your belly button. Be careful engaging this point, as it can be sensitive for many people.

Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)

Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)
Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)

Spleen 6, commonly known in English as “Three Yin Intersection”, is along the spleen meridian, thus helping greatly with bladder issues. Other observed benefits include regulating menstruation in women, aiding fertility in men and women, alleviating headaches, and helping with diseases of the skin. 

Another easy acupoint to engage yourself, the Three Yin Intersection, is located on the inside of the leg. Find the knobby bone on the inside of your ankle, move your finger about 4 finger lengths up, and you have found this acupoint! 

SP-6 is also one of the acupressure points for fertility in men and women.

Acupoint: Ren-4 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-4/Guan Yuan/Origin Pass)

Also known as the “Origin Pass” acupoint, Ren-4 is located on the conception vessel meridian. This acupoint will connect to and move energy through the spleen, liver, and kidneys, thus resulting in the movement of urine through the bladder. Origin Pass can also help greatly with fertility in men and women, as well as various stomach issues like diarrhea. This point should be avoided on pregnant women, as it could induce premature labor.

Also located on the front of the body like Ren-14, Ren-4 is located about 3 cuns directly below the belly button. Be cautious and use light pressure when first engaging this acupoint, as the lower abdomen can be sensitive for many people.

Besides, Ren-4 is also a potent acupressure point for kidneys.

Acupoint: Bl-32 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-32/Ci Liao/Second Crevice)

The “Second Bone Hole” is our first acupoint on this list of acupressure points for the bladder located on the bladder meridian. Due to its ability to regulate the Lower Jiao and move qi through the bladder meridian, stimulating Bl-32 will result in improved fertility, mobility in the legs and lumbar region, and overall urinary benefits. Again, avoid this acupoint on pregnant women.

This pair of acupoints are located in the second posterior sacral foramina. Have someone engage this point for you, as it can be difficult to do so yourself.

You can learn to unblock the bladder meridian from another article.

Acupoint: Bl-28 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-28/Pang Guang Shu/Bladder Transporter)

Yet another acupoint located on the bladder meridian, the “Bladder Transporter” does exactly what it says it does: move energy throughout the body, thus helping to move urine. Bl-28 can also help with lower back pain, leg pain, and stomach problems such as diarrhea and constipation. 

Like Bl-32, this pair of acupoints are located on the same level, about 1.5 cun from the median sacral crest or the center. Be sure to use a firm pressure for several minutes.

Acupoint: Ren-1 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-1/Hui Yin/Yin Meeting)

Final on our list to help with urination flow: the “Yin Meeting” acupoint. This point will help greatly with urination, digestion problems, and infertility issues in all genders. Engaging this point will nourish the kidneys and move heat through the body.

Located between the anus and the labia/scrotum, be careful when applying pressure to this point. It can be sensitive for many people. 

Acupressure Points For Frequent Urination

Acupoint: Ren-4 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-4/Guan Yuan/Origin Pass)

As mentioned, Ren-4 can help with the free flow of urination; if you suffer from frequent urination, the “Origin Pass” point can help with that as well by regulating energy flow. See above for where this point is and how to engage it.

Acupoint: Bl-23 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

Acupoint: Bl-23 Or Ub-23(Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

The “Kidney Transporter” lies along the bladder meridian. Bl-23 strengthens the kidneys and can thus help with urination patterns, particularly bladder overactivity. It can help with infertility and should thus be used cautiously on pregnant women. Bl-23 is located on the back, about 1.5 cun on either side of the spine, at the same level as your belly button. 

Acupoint: SP-9 (Other Names: Spleen-9/Yin Ling Quan/Yin Mound Spring)

Also known as “Yin Mound Spring”, Sp-9 is located along the spleen meridian and can greatly benefit bladder overactivity. This acupoint can also help with pain in the knee, stomach, and genitals. Located just inside the knee, use a firm pressure on this acupoint.

Acupoint: GV-20 (Other Names: The Governing Vessel-20/Bai Hui/Hundred Convergence)

Located on the governing vessel meridian, “One Hundred Meetings” provides unique benefits to the body. Engaging it can help with various ailments of the head (headaches, dizziness, etc.) as well as diarrhea, infertility, and insomnia. This point is very easy to locate: it is essentially on the topmost part of your head! Be gentle with this acupoint.

Acupoint: SP-4 (Other Names: Spleen-4/Gong Sun/Grandfather Grandson)

Final for acupressure points for frequent urination is Grandfather Grandson. Found on the medial side of the foot, this acupoint will help with gastric pain, chest congestion, digestion issues, and more. This acupoint is particularly powerful because it connects several meridians. You can find this acupoint in the anterior depression of the medial malleolus.

Acupressure Points For Urine Leakage Especially For Pregnant Women Or Menopause

Acupoint: KI-3 (Other Names: Kidney-3/Tai Xi/Supreme Stream)

The Great Stream is located inside the ankle and provides many benefits. It can help with diseases of the chest, infertility, insomnia, and urine leakage in women experiencing pregnancy or menopause. Ki-3 can also act as a reflexology point for hip pain. This point is easy to engage yourself and you can find it in the depression between the tip of the medial malleolus and the achilles tendon. 

Acupoint: Bl-23 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

Acupoint: Bl-23 Or Ub-23(Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

The benefits from Bl-23 described above can greatly help pregnant women with urine leakage! Consult your doctor before using this acupoint, as it has the potential to induce labor, and see above for where and how to engage.

Together with the kidney 9 acupuncture point, they are great acupressure points to rejuvenate your hair.

Acupoint: Ren-4 (Other Names: The Conception Vessel-4/Guan Yuan/Origin Pass)

Another repeat on our lists, Ren-4 does a great job of preventing frequent urination as well as urine leakage. See above for more details and how to engage.

Acupoint: KI-1 (Other Names: Kidney-1/Yong Quan/Gushing Spring)

Kidney 1, or Bubbling Well, is another great point on the kidney meridian. Located easily on the sole of the foot, Ki-1 can help with head ailments (dizziness, headache, coma) as well as vomiting and throat swelling. Many women have experienced less urine leakage with this acupoint!

Interestingly, KI-1 is also a great acupressure point for tinnitus.

Acupoint: Bl-33 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-33/Zhong Liao/Middle Crevice)

Middle Bone Hole, located on the bladder meridian, can help women greatly with issues such as irregular menstruation, urine leakage when pregnant (according to several studies), and more. Everyone can experience relief from digestion issues with this point. They are near the third posterior branch of the sacral nerve. It is not easy to locate precisely Bl-32 and Bl-33. Instead of massaging these acupoints with your fingers, you can tap the region gently and repeatedly with your hand. 

Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)

Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)
Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)

Though it can also help with stimulating urination, Sp-6 can help with urine leakage in pregnant women and women through menopause. See above for more details and how to stimulate.

Acupoint: SP-10 (Other Names: Spleen-10/Xue Hai/Sea of Blood)

Finally, on our list of acupressure points for the bladder, Sea of Blood can greatly help women who experience urine leakage by moving energy throughout the blood. Other ailments helped include irregular menstruation, menstruation cramps, and even eczema! To find the acupoint, sit on a chair and straighten your legs. There will be a depression on the inner side of the knee and the acupoint will be resting on top of the muscle above the depression. 

SP-10 is also one of the top 10 acupressure points to relieve body pains & aches.

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