LI 4 - Acupuncture Point - He Gu

  • English Name:  Union Valley
  • Pinyin Name:  He Gu
  • Chinese Character:  合谷
  • In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
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  • 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  

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The (LI) Large Intestine Meridian has 20 points:

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

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