Theory

(LI) Large Intestine Meridian - Point Functions Chart



The LI Meridian

Below you will find clinical usage information for all points along the (LI) Large Intestine Meridian . You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, clinical usages, and related patterns and conditions.


The (LI) Large Intestine Meridian has 20 Acupuncture Points

LI 1

LI 2

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  • LI 2  Second Space
    • Shown to increase saliva production and to effect the areas of the brain involved in saliva production. Useful for dry mouth (xerostomia).
    • LI 2 & LI 3 are not used often clinically as LI 4 & LI 11 have broader applications.
    • Sedation Point and Ying Spring Point, treats excess and clears heat from opposite end of the channel, for toothache, eye redness and pain, gum inflammation, sore throat.  

LI 3

LI 4

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  • LI 4  Union Valley
    • Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes
    • Strengthens the wei qi, improves immunity
    • Regulates the sweat glands, for excessive sweating tonify LI 4 then disperse KD 7 and vice versa.
    • Any problem on the face - sense organs, mouth, teeth, jaw, toothache, allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, acne, eye problems, etc.
    • Toothache use both LI 4 & ST 44 - LI for the lower jaw & ST for the upper jaw.
    • Headache, especially frontal a/or sinus (yangming area).
    • Chronic Pain
    • Influence the circulation of Qi and Blood - Use the four gates, LI 4 & LV 3 to strongly move the Qi and Blood in the body clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.
    • Promote labor or for retained placenta  

LI 5

LI 6

LI 7

LI 8

LI 9

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  • LI 9  Upper Ridge
    • 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.  

LI 10

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  • LI 10  Arm Three Li
    • 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
    • Shoulder, elbow & wrist pain issues, general achiness in these areas.
    • Paralysis in the upper limbs.
    • Less dispersive & more tonifying than other LI points.
    • Epigastric & abdominal pain, ulcers, vomiting.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Abdominal issues, any digestive issues, pain in the arm/shoulder/neck, builds energy level.  

LI 11

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  • LI 11  Pool at the Bend
    • Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine with LI 1, LI 2 or LI 4.
    • Damp Heat skin diseases, red, itchy, oozing & inflamed (hives, herpes zoster, acne), may be used with UB 40 for any skin disease.
    • ST Excess Issues, burning diarrhea.
    • Elbow and upper limb disorders, pain and inflammation, atrophy, tremors - expels wind dampness from the channel.
    • Hot flashes a/or menstrual issues with heat in the Blood.
    • Expels summer heat with UB 40 & SP 10, for heat stroke add SI 3.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Useful for any blood circulation issue (raynaud's, anemia, etc.), skin problems (hives, itchiness), tennis elbow.  

LI 12

LI 13

LI 14

LI 15

LI 16

LI 17

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  • LI 17  Celestial Tripod
    • Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" in the throat ("plum pit qi").
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the carotid artery.  The left side is used more for physical complaints and the right side more for psychological issues due to the internal connections of the common carotid. Useful for alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation as well as the full range of psychological issues. 
    • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

LI 18

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  • LI 18  Protuberance Assistant
    • Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi obstruction in the throat.
    • High blood pressure, for which Window of the Sky Points are sometimes indicated, may also be useful for low blood pressure.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation of the common carotid artery as well as effect the vagus nerve.  Due to the connection with the vagus it is useful for lung, esophagus, heart, stomach, intestine and gall bladder issues - reflux, palpitations, digestive issues, etc. 
    • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

LI 19

LI 20




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