The acupuncture point "LI 4" , 合谷, is represented by "He Gu" in pinyin and "Union Valley" in english and may be found:
In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
LI 4 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Avoid Moxa (MX)
Cautions with pregnancy (PG)
Li 4 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:
Explore li 4 functional groupings theory - Command Point, Entry Exit Point, Shokanten - Nine Continent and/or YuanLuo, or read all point categories and related theory.
A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI4, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold and/or Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat
LI 4 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Common Cold, Eye Problems, Facial Pain, Headache, Rhinitis, Sweat Problems and/or Toothache
While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Yaotongxue (Acute issues of the low back - pain, sprain, stra…) and LU 10 (Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Chann…) are nearby.
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