(LI) Large Intestine Meridian - Point Functions Chart

You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, functions, precautions and the chinese and english names.

Points
Functions
LI 1 jing well, heat, pain, stagnation at opposite end of channel, toothache, eye/ear pain; high fever, coma
LI 2 ying spring, clears excess a/or heat from channel, tootache, sore throat - not used often
LI 4 yuan source; command point for face, mouth, jaw, nose; release the exterior; tonify wei qi; lower jaw toothache; frontal/sinus headache; w/LV 3 move Qi and Blood; promote labor, expel placenta
LI 5 jing river; wrist pain; classically noted w/LI 7 for "seeing ghosts," mania
LI 6 luo connecting, influence LU descend and disperse functions, upper body edema; luo travels to face, jaw, teeth, ears, tinnitus, toothache, nosebleeds
LI 7 xi cleft, pain/stagnation along meridian, shoulders, elbows, wrist; classically noted w/LI 5 for "seeing ghosts," mania
LI 8 w/ST 39 influence the SI organ; blood in the urine
LI 9 w/ST 37 influence the LI organ
LI 10 w/ST 36 influence the ST; shoulder, elbow, wrist pain; more tonifying than dispersive; epigastric a/or abdominal pain
LI 11 he sea; reduce high fevers; skin diseases (w/UB 40, esp. w/damp-heat; excess ST issues, burning diarrhea; elbow a/or upper limb issues, pain, inflammation; expel summerheat; hot flashes, hot blood menstrual irregularities
LI 15 shoulder issues, pain, ROM, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder
LI 16 blood stagnation in the lungs/chest, vomiting, coughing of Blood; secondary point for shoulder problems
LI 18 windows of the sky, sudden loss of voice, qi obstruction in throat; high blood pressure
LI 20 sinus issues, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies; loss of smell/taste

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

Large Intestine Meridian Links

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