LI 9

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 9 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 9" , 上廉, is represented by "Shang Lian" in pinyin and "Upper Ridge" in english and may be found:

3 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
  • Local point for shoulder, elbow, and arm pain.
  • Stagnation in the large intestine - abdominal pain, dark/difficult urination.
  • Numbness of the limbs - particularly the upper limbs, stroke recovery.  

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI9, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Large Intestine Damp Heat

LI 9 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Shoulder Pain, Tennis Elbow 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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