HT 4

Acupuncture Point Theory

HT 4 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "HT 4" , 靈道, is represented by "Ling Dao" in pinyin and "Spirit Pathway" in english and may be found:

1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, on the HT 3 - HT 7 line.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Sudden loss of voice.
  • Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating emotions, mania, depression, anxiety, insomnia), various emotional disturbances.
  • Chest pain that perhaps worsens with emotional distress.
  • Local point for pain in the elbow and/or arm.


Ht 4 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ht 4 functional grouping theory - Five Shu, or read all point categories and related theory.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. HT4, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

HT 4 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Arm Pain, Chest Pain, Depression, Insomnia, Manic Depression, Stuttering and/or Vocal Problems

While not necessarily valid clinically, LU 7 (Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny n…), PC 6 (Similar to PC 3 but more for Chronic Heart sympto…) and TH 5 (Beginning exterior conditions, tonify for wind-co…) are nearby.

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