BL 1 – JINGMING Bladder Meridian Acupuncture Point

BL 1 – Chinese name: JINGMING


In a depression, 0.1 cun above the inner canthus of the eye.


Eye disease (glaucoma, stimulate the production of tears).

Adverse Events

Eyeball injury.


BL 1, also known as JINGMING (Chinese: 睛明), is a significant acupoint in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), located in the Bladder meridian. This acupoint has a wide range of applications and is surrounded by various methodologies, legends, and ongoing research.


Location: BL 1 is located in the inner corner of the eye, near the bridge of the nose.

Meridian: This point is part of the Bladder meridian.

Related Points: BL 2, BL 10

Indications: When to Use BL 1

Therapeutic Applications

  • Eye Disorders: Effective for treating various eye problems like conjunctivitis, myopia, and cataracts.
  • Headaches and Migraines: Provides relief from frontal headaches and migraines.
  • Facial Paralysis: Useful in treating Bell’s palsy and other facial paralysis symptoms.

General Wellness

  • Enhances visual acuity and promotes eye health.
  • Relieves stress and calms the mind, aiding in relaxation and mental clarity.

Methodology and Techniques

Best Practices

  • Cleanse the area thoroughly before application.
  • Be extremely gentle due to the sensitivity of the eye area.


  • Light Pressure: Apply gentle pressure without causing discomfort.
  • Circular Motion: Use a small, circular motion for stimulation.
  • Duration: Typically, 1-2 minutes of stimulation is sufficient.

Safety and Precautions


  • Consult a professional acupuncturist.
  • Ensure the hands are clean to prevent infection.


  • Avoid excessive pressure to prevent damage to the eye.
  • Do not use if there are skin infections or irritations around the point.

Myths and Legends Surrounding BL 1

  • Historical Significance: Traditionally believed to be a point that can “brighten the eyes” and enhance spiritual awareness.
  • Cultural Beliefs: In some cultures, it’s thought to balance inner vision with outer perception.

Research and Developments

Recent studies suggest the effectiveness of BL 1 in treating:

  • Age-related eye conditions.
  • Neurological disorders impacting vision.

Practical Advice

  • Gentle Massage: For daily wellness, a gentle massage at BL 1 can be beneficial.
  • Professional Consultation: For chronic conditions, consult with a TCM practitioner for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Further Reading

Explore more about the Bladder meridian and its points:

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