LI 18

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 18 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 18" , 扶突, is represented by "Fu Tu" in pinyin and "Protuberance Assistant" in english and may be found:

Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple between the sternal and clavicular heads of the SCM.


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

  • Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi obstruction in the throat.
  • High blood pressure, for which Window of the Sky Points are sometimes indicated, may also be useful for low blood pressure.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation of the common carotid artery as well as effect the vagus nerve.  Due to the connection with the vagus it is useful for lung, esophagus, heart, stomach, intestine and gall bladder issues - reflux, palpitations, digestive issues, etc. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  


Li 18 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore li 18 functional grouping theory - Sky Window.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI18, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

LI 18 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Acid Reflux Disease (GERD), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure), Loss of Voice, Palpitations and/or Plum Pit Qi

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at C4 (C4 innervates the areas of the mouth, jaw and chi…), SI 16 (Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Poin…), ST 9 (In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpat…) and TH 16 (Local Point. Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used t…) are nearby.

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