Theory

LI 11 - Acupuncture Point - Qu Chi


LI 11 Names

  • English Name: Pool at the Bend
  • Pinyin Name: Qu Chi
  • Chinese Character: 曲池

Location

  • At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway between LU 5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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LI 11 Clinical Uses

  • 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 11 Point Associations


LI 11 TCM Patterns

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".



LI 11 Conditions Treated

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".


Nearby Acupuncture Points

TH 10

  • TH 10  Celestial Well
    • Transforms phlegm, reduce lymph swellings, thyroid disorders.
    • Elbow pain, tendonitis.
    • One-sided headache, migraines.
    • Useful for depression a/or anxiety, especially with chest pain or oppression, angina a/or palpitations.
    • Epilepsy (phlegm obstruction), possibly mania as well.
    • Differentiation:
    • TH 5 is for headache anywhere whereas TH 10 is specifically for one-sided headaches

LU 5

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  • LU 5  Cubit Marsh
    • He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin conditions, phlegm-heat excess.
    • Acute/Chronic or Exterior/Interior Conditions.
    • Upper body edema, enuresis.
    • Local point for the elbow - tendonitis, tennis elbow.
    • Classically noted for the 5 types of Lumbar Pain - possibly the upper body equivalent of UB 40.

SI 8

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  • SI 8  Small Sea
    • Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakness - channel issues with excess wind a/or heat.
    • Submandibular region swelling or pain, toothache, gums, cheek, neck, scapula, axilla.
    • Epilepsy  



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