LI 8

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 8 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 8" , 下廉, is represented by "Xia Lian" in pinyin and "Lower Ridge" in english and may be found:

4 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 to LI 11 line.


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

  • The following relationships exist between the ST and the LI and can be used to treat ST, LI and SI organ problems:
  • SI: LI 8 & ST 39
  • LI: LI 9 & ST 37
  • ST: LI 10 & ST 36
  • Blood in the urine arising from heat in the SI - use with CV 3 & ST 39.
  • Calms the spirit, clear Yang Ming fire - mania, headaches, stroke.  

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI8, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Stomach Fire

LI 8 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Headache, Manic Depression, Stroke (CVA) and/or Urinary Disorders (Lin Disease)

While not necessarily valid clinically, LU 6 (Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usua…) and TH 9 (Local Point.) are nearby.

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