Acupuncture Points On The Large Intestine Meridian

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Acupuncture Points On The Large Intestine Meridian

Click to view detailed clinical information for any of the points along the large intestine meridian. You will find location information, relationships, clinical applications, precautions and more.

If you are a student, or if you simply want to see all of the point locations and functions in one place, view our largeintestine meridian acupuncture point "flash" cards - study tool section.


LI Point of the Day

Celestial Tripod (LI17)li17
  • Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" in the throat ("plum pit qi").
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the carotid artery.  The left side is used more for physical complaints and the right side more for psychological issues due to the internal connections of the common carotid. Useful for alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation as well as the full range of psychological issues. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

LI Meridian Student/Usage Information
  • Internal/External Pathways
    Up the posterior aspect of the arm
    Enters the lung at the chest
    A branch goes down and connects with the large intestine
    Another branch goes up around the mouth to the other side of the body
  • Measurements Needed
    Axillary Fold -to- Cubital Crease = 9 cun
    Cubital Crease -to- Wrist Crease = 12 cun
    Thumb width = 1 cun
    Four fingers = 3 cun
  • Precautions - [all]
    LI 1 - No Moxa
    LI 4 - No Moxa or Needling in Pregnancy
    LI 13 - AA
    LI 19 - No Moxa
    LI 20 - No Moxa
  • Point Relationships
    Wrist - SI 5 - TH 4 - LI 5 || LU 9 - PC 7 - HT 7
    Elbow Points - SI 8 - TH 10 - LI 11 || LU 5 - PC 3 - HT 3
  • Additional Helpful Information
  • Cun Measurement Reminders:
    (Cun measurements points along the meridian)

    Yin Meridians || Upper Arm || Forearm
    LU 6, 5 || 7, 1.5, 1
    PC 7 || 5, 3, 2
    HT 3 || 1.5, 1, .5

    Yang Meridians || Forearm || Upper Arm
    LI 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 || *1, 3, 7
    TH 2, 3, 5, 7 || *1, 1, mid 11-13, -3 below TH 14
    SI 5 ||

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