Theory

LI 20 - Acupuncture Point - Ying Xiang


LI 20 Names

  • English Name: Welcome Fragrance
  • Pinyin Name: Ying Xiang
  • Chinese Character: 迎香

Location

  • In the nasolabial groove, level with the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasi.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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LI 20 Clinical Uses

  • Loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, any nose a/or sinus issues, nasal polyps, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies. Often combined with LI 19 and other local points.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Sinus issues, often combined with LI 17 and the huatuo of C3.  


LI 20 Point Associations

  • Exit Point
  • Intersection point of the LI & ST Channels

LI 20 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 20 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

ST 3

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  • ST 3  Great Bone-Hole
    • Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the cheek, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache.
    • Deviation from stroke, bell's palsy, facial paralysis.
    • Swelling of the knee (Deadman text).

ST 4

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  • ST 4  Earth Granary
    • Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, deviation of mouth from stroke, toothache.
    • Inability to close the eye, eye twitching, itching, night blindness.
    • Inability to eat.
    • May be helpful for atrophy and/or movement issues within the legs.

GV 25

  • GV 25  White Bone-Hole
    • Important point to restore or help maintain consciousness, for shock, loss of consciousness, to revive from drowning.
    • Rosacea, circulation issues in nose.
    • Nasal issues - rhinitis, polyps, discharge, inability or changes in olfactory sensations (smell).
    • May reduce alcohol intoxication (deadman).  

GV 26

  • GV 26  Water Trough
    • One of two Command Points (with PC 6) added to the original four, for fainting, collapse. Main point for restoring consciousness, for shock, revivial from fainting, weakness, helps patient to awaken, use fingernail in an emergency.
    • Main point for acute low back sprain, helps relieve pain and restore motion, moves stagnation at the opposite end of the channel. After obtaining the Qi, have pateint bend then rotate the waist.
    • Nosebleed, nasal discharge issues, problems with olfactory sensations (smell).
    • Manic-depression and other strong shen disturbances, epilepsy (seizures).  

GV 27

  • GV 27  Extremity of the Mouth
    • Problems of the mouth and sinuses - tongue ulcers, bad breath (halitosis), pain a/or swelling of the gums, nosebleed, nasal congestion.
    • Psychological/Shen issues - manic depression, epilepsy, etc.  

(EX) Bitong

  • (EX) Bitong  Nose Opening
    • Local point for nasal issues - obstruction, congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis.

(EX) Biyan

  • (EX) Biyan  Eyes of Nose
    • Local point for nasal issues - obstruction, congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis.



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