Names Of Ling Dao

HT 4 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Spirit Pathway
  • Pinyin Name: Ling Dao
  • Chinese Character: 靈道
Meridian Information

Where Is HT 4 ?

HT 4 Location

  • 1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, on the HT 3 - HT 7 line.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is HT 4 Used For?

HT 4 Clinical Usages

  • Sudden loss of voice.
  • Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating emotions, mania, depression, anxiety, insomnia), various emotional disturbances.
  • Chest pain that perhaps worsens with emotional distress.
  • Local point for pain in the elbow and/or arm.

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How Is HT 4 Categorized?

HT 4 Acupuncture Point Associations

What Diagnostic Patterns May Use HT 4 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Conditions May Use HT 4 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near HT 4 ?

PC 6 Inner Pass

  • Similar to PC 3 but more for Chronic Heart symptoms from Qi stagnation.
  • Opens and relaxes the chest, chest tightness, asthma, angina, palpitations.
  • Insomnia a/or other spirit disorders of an excess or deficient nature, mania, nervousness, stress, poor memory.
  • Nausea, seasickness, motion sickness, vomiting, epigastric pain.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

LU 7 Broken Sequence


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  • Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing.
  • Internal Wind - bell's palsy, twitching, spasms, lockjaw.
  • As Master Point of the CV, paired with KD 6 of the Yin Qiao Mai - treats genitourinary and gynecological issues also Yin deficient sore throat.
  • Command Point of the Head and Posterior Neck - useful for any conditions involving these areas.
  • Pain of the thumb - Luo Connecting Point spreads over the thenar eminence.

TH 5 Outer Pass

  • Beginning exterior conditions, tonify for wind-cold, cold-damp & sedate for wind-heat, fever.
  • Headache from exterior wind as well as migraines and headaches in any area especially with stiffness or pain in the posterior and lateral aspects of the neck.
  • Upper limb disorders including the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.
  • Shaoyang stage diseases - alternating fever and chills, etc.
  • Luo connecting point of the TH connects to the PC, TH 5 & PC 6 as master points of the Yang Wei and Yin Wei respectively can effect the balance of yin and yang in the body. If right pulse is stronger than the left (more Qi than Blood) disperse TH 5 & tonify PC 6 and vice versa

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