(LI) Large Intestine Meridian - Point Locations 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
Locations
LI 1 .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial side of the index finger ** No Moxa **
LI 2 On the radial side of the index finger distal to the 2nd MP joint in a depression at the junction of the red & white skin
LI 3 On the radial side of the index finger proximal to the head of the 2nd metacarpal bone
LI 4 At the midpoint of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side ** No Moxa, No Needle In Pregnancy **
LI 5 On the radial side of the wrist between the extensor pollicis longus & brevis tendons in a depression formed when the thumb is tilted upward
LI 6 3 cun above the crease of the wrist (LI 5) on the LI 5 - LI 11 line
LI 7 5 cun above the crease of the wrist (LI 5)
LI 8 4 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 - LI 11 (8 cun above wrist)
LI 9 3 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 - LI 11 line (9 cun above wrist)
LI 10 2 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 - LI 11 line (10 cun above wrist)
LI 11 At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease, midway between LU 5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus
LI 12 With the elbow flexed, on the radial side of the upper arm 1 cun above LI 11 on the border of the humerus (1 cun superiolateral to LI 11)
LI 13 3 cun above LI 11 on the LI 11 - LI 15 line ** Avoid Artery **
LI 14 On the radial side of the upper arm 7 cun above LI 11 at the insertion of the deltoid muscle, on the LI 11 - LI 15 line
LI 15 Anterior and inferior to the acromion in a depression formed when the arm is in full abduction
LI 16 In the upper aspect of the shoulder between the acromial extremity of the clavicle and the spine of the scapula
LI 17 On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the posterior border of the SCM muscle
LI 18 Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple between the sternal head and the clavicular head of the SCM
LI 19 Directly below the lateral margin of the nostril level with GV 26 ** No Moxa **
LI 20 In the nasolabial groove level with the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasi ** No Moxa **

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:

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