LI 15

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 15 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 15" , 肩髃, is represented by "Jian Yu" in pinyin and "Shoulder Bone" in english and may be found:

Anterior and inferior to the acromion in a depression found with the arm abducted.


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

  • Shoulder Disorders, rotator cuff injuries, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder, any ROM issues.
  • Seminal emission due to taxation.  


Li 15 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersecting point of the SI, LI & Yang Qiao Meridians

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI15, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Kidney Qi Deficiency

LI 15 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Seminal Emission and/or Shoulder Pain

While not necessarily valid clinically, HT 1 (Regulate Qi flow from the torso to the arm and vi…), LU 2 (Similar to LU 1 but used more often as a local sh…), SI 10 (Local point for shoulder and upper arm pain, swel…) and TH 14 (Shoulder problems, especially those involving the…) are nearby.

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