HT 5

Acupuncture Point Theory

HT 5 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "HT 5" , 通里, is represented by "Tong Li" in pinyin and "Connecting Li" in english and may be found:

1 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:

  • Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff tongue, stuttering, sudden loss of voice, sore throat.
  • Spirit disorders and related physical manifestations, anxiety w/palpitations, arrhythmia, nervousness, depression - although the point is generally not used for emotional disorders involving sleep such as insomnia, HT 7 is used more often for these more "physical" manifestations.
  • Excessive bleeding w/ menstruation from heat in the Blood.
  • Heat effecting the SI and leading to urinary symptoms - incontinence, enuresis.
  • Local point for wrist, elbow and/or hand pain - perhaps more so for weakness than simple pain.


Ht 5 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ht 5 functional grouping theory - YuanLuo.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. HT5, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Heart Blood Stagnation

HT 5 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Arm Pain, Depression, Incontinence, Loss of Voice, Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding), Palpitations, Sore Throat, Stuttering, Vocal Problems and/or Wrist Pain

While not necessarily valid clinically, LU 8 (Not as broad of an effect as LU 7, still useful f…) are nearby.

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