Theory

LI 4 - Acupuncture Point - He Gu


LI 4 Names

  • English Name: Union Valley
  • Pinyin Name: He Gu
  • Chinese Character: 合谷

Location

  • In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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LI 4 Point Cautions


LI 4 Clinical Uses

  • 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 4 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 4 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

(EX) Yaotongxue

  • (EX) Yaotongxue  Low Back Pain Point
    • Acute issues of the low back - pain, sprain, strain (needle the same side)



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