LI 16

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 16 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 16" , 巨骨, is represented by "Ju Gu" in pinyin and "Great Bone" in english and may be found:

In the upper aspect of the shoulder between the acromial extremity of the clavicle and the spine of the scapula.


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

  • Adjunctive point with LI 15 for shoulder issues, particularly chronic issues related to blood stasis.
  • Resolve Blood stagnation in the chest & lungs, vomiting a/or coughing of Blood.  


Li 16 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersecting point of the LI & Yang Qiao Meridians

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI16, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Blood Stagnation and/or Heart Blood Stagnation

LI 16 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Cough and/or Shoulder Pain

While not necessarily valid clinically, SI 10 (Local point for shoulder and upper arm pain, swel…), SI 12 (Local point for shoulder, scapula and/or arm pain…) and TH 15 (Local Point.) are nearby.

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