LI 5

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 5 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 5" , 陽谿, is represented by "Yang Xi" in pinyin and "Yang Ravine" in english and may be found:

On the radial side of the wrist in a depression between extensor pollicis longus and brevis tendons, found when the thumb is tilted upward.


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

  • Local point for wrist pain.
  • Classically noted with LI 7 for "seeing ghosts," may be useful in manic conditions.  


Li 5 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

LI 5 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Manic Depression and/or Wrist Pain

While not necessarily valid clinically, LU 8 (Not as broad of an effect as LU 7, still useful f…), LU 9 (Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, S…), LU 10 (Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Chann…), SI 5 (Local point for the hand and wrist. Neck and sho…), SI 6 (Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or…) and TH 4 (Dorsal wrist issues such as strains, sprains or s…) are nearby.

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