Luo Connecting Theory and Applications

Luo Connecting

The Luo Connecting Points are often used within Yuan (Source) and Luo (Connecting) points within TCM Theory. They have the following general usages:

Luo Connecting Points Theory and Applications

  • Luo Connecting Points are where a separate channel splits off from the main flow and connects with the Yin/Yang paired meridian.
  • Can be used to diagnose and treat channel problems based on fullness (pain, heat) or emptiness (stiffness, weakness).
  • May be used to treat the Yin/Yang paired organ.
    • LI 6 - edema (LU's water regulating function)
    • SI 7 - calm and regulate emotions (HT relationship)
    • ST 40 - eliminates phlegm (supports SP)
    • GB 37 - eye problems (supports LV)
    • UB 58 - cold in the lower back (KD deficiency)
    • PC 6 - nausea via connection with the TH and travelling through the 3 warmers
  • May be used to treat emotional disharmonies.
  • There are 4 group luo points which are used in cases where 3 related meridians are imbalanced.
    • TH 8 - treat the 3 Yang meridians in the arm (LI, TH, SI)
    • PC 5 - treat the 3 Yin meridians in the arm (LU, PC, HT)
    • GB 39 - treat the 3 Yang meridians in the leg (ST, GB, UB)
    • SP 6 - treat the 3 Yin meridians in the leg (SP, LV, KD)
  • There are 16 connecting channels: 1 for each of the 12 meridians, a great luo point for the ST as well as the SP in addition to their regular luo points, 1 for the CV and 1 for the GV.
    • LU separates at LU 7, follows the LU channel into the palm, spread through the thenar eminence and connects with the LI
    • LI separates at LI 6, joins the LU meridian, ascends the arm going through LI 15 to the jaw where it divides, one branch going to the teeth and the other enters the ear
    • SP separates at SP 4, connects with the ST meridian, ascends up the medial aspect of the leg and connects with the Stomach and intestines
    • SP Great Luo separates at SP 21, spreads through the chest and the lateral costal region
    • ST separates at ST 40, joins the SP, ascends the leg and continues to the base of the neck where it joins the Qi of the other yang channels and terminates in the throat
    • ST Great Luo is sometimes seen as a throbbing below the left breast and connects with the LU
    • HT separates at HT 5, joins the SI, follows the HT meridian to the HT and continues to the root of the tongue and into the eyes
    • SI separates at SI 7, joins the HT, ascends the arm at connects with LI 15
    • KD separates at KD 4, encircles the heel and enters internally connecting with the UB, follows up to a point below the heart and travels posteriorly spreading into the lumbar region
    • UB separates at UB 58, connects with the KD meridian
    • PC separates at PC 6, connects with the TH, ascends along the TH and connects with the PC and the HT
    • TH separates at TH 5, travels up the posterior aspect of the arm and joins the PC in the chest
    • LV separates at LV 5, connects with the GB and travels up the legs to the genitals
    • GB separates at GB 37, connects with the LV, descends and disperses over the dorsum of the foot
    • CV separates at CV 15, descends and disperses over the abdomen
    • GV separates at GV 1, ascends bilaterally along the sides of the spine to the base of the neck, spreads out over the occiput

Luo Connecting Points Chart

LungLU 7Urinary BladderUB 58
Large IntestineLI 6KidneyKD 4
StomachST 40PericardiumPC 6
SpleenSP 4Triple HeaterTH 5
HeartHT 5Gall BladderGB 37
Small IntestineSI 7LiverLV 5

Point Categories

What Points Are In This Category?

LU 7 Broken Sequence

  • Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing.
  • Internal Wind - bell's palsy, twitching, spasms, lockjaw.
  • As Master Point of the CV, paired with KD 6 of the Yin Qiao Mai - treats genitourinary and gynecological issues also Yin deficient sore throat.
  • Command Point of the Head and Posterior Neck - useful for any conditions involving these areas.
  • Pain of the thumb - Luo Connecting Point spreads over the thenar eminence.

PC 6 Inner Pass

  • Similar to PC 3 but more for Chronic Heart symptoms from Qi stagnation.
  • Opens and relaxes the chest, chest tightness, asthma, angina, palpitations.
  • Insomnia a/or other spirit disorders of an excess or deficient nature, mania, nervousness, stress, poor memory.
  • Nausea, seasickness, motion sickness, vomiting, epigastric pain.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

HT 5 Connecting Li

  • Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff tongue, stuttering, sudden loss of voice, sore throat.
  • Spirit disorders and related physical manifestations, anxiety w/palpitations, arrhythmia, nervousness, depression - although the point is generally not used for emotional disorders involving sleep such as insomnia, HT 7 is used more often for these more "physical" manifestations.
  • Excessive bleeding w/ menstruation from heat in the Blood.
  • Heat effecting the SI and leading to urinary symptoms - incontinence, enuresis.
  • Local point for wrist, elbow and/or hand pain - perhaps more so for weakness than simple pain.

SI 7 Branch to the Correct

  • Local point for pain and/or strength/control issues in the elbow, arm, and fingers.  May be helpful for weakness of all the limbs as well.
  • Stiff neck, headaches, vision issues - blurry, obstructed.
  • Useful with onset of exterior wind-heat conditions such as colds/flus that start with neck and/or back pain.
  • Calms the spirit - manic behavior, anxiety, panic attacks, fear.  

TH 5 Outer Pass

  • Beginning exterior conditions, tonify for wind-cold, cold-damp & sedate for wind-heat, fever.
  • Headache from exterior wind as well as migraines and headaches in any area especially with stiffness or pain in the posterior and lateral aspects of the neck.
  • Upper limb disorders including the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.
  • Shaoyang stage diseases - alternating fever and chills, etc.
  • Luo connecting point of the TH connects to the PC, TH 5 & PC 6 as master points of the Yang Wei and Yin Wei respectively can effect the balance of yin and yang in the body. If right pulse is stronger than the left (more Qi than Blood) disperse TH 5 & tonify PC 6 and vice versa

LI 6 Veering Passageway

  • Luo Connecting Point, influences the descending and dispersing function of the Lungs - useful for upperbody edema a/or facial puffiness.
  • The Luo channel travels upward to the face effecting the jaw, teeth and ears, tinnitus, deafness, toothache, nosebleeds.  

SP 4 Yellow Emperor

  • Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdominal a/or epigastric pain, dysentery, food poisoning.
  • Gynecological and Abdominal issues due to stagnation of Qi and Blood - masses, fibroids, cysts, irregular menstruation.
  • With PC 6 for chest and heart pain, shen disorders, sighing, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness.

LV 5 Woodworm Canal

  • Genital Issues, especially damp-heat related infections/discharges.

KD 4 Large Goblet

  • Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the LI (opposite the chinese clock).
  • Important point for somnolence, fright/fear, palpitations, reluctance to interact with others.
  • Cough, asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, painful/sore throat.
  • Chronic low back pain from KD Deficiency.
  • Local point for heel/ankle issues - pain, strain.

UB 58 Taking Flight

  • Releases the exterior for wind/wind-cold conditions, especially useful when accompanied with neck stiffness a/or occipital headache.
  • As Luo Connecting Point, which connects to the KD, useful for chronic low back pain, especially with weak lower limbs and KD deficiency.
  • "Excess above with deficiency below," weak low back w/tight stiff neck a/or low back pain with weak lower limb.

ST 40 Beautiful Bulge

  • Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from any origin.
  • Phlegm in the head - headaches, dizziness / vertigo, depression, poor concentration, stronger shen disturbances - mania.
  • Phlegm in the body - chest oppression, breathing issues, asthma, cough.
  • Plum Pit Qi, sore throat, loss of voice.
  • Issues with the lower limbs involving pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, etc.

GB 37 Bright Light

  • Eye issues, especially LV related - redness, itching, blurry vision, night blindness, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts.
  • Lower leg, calf a/or foot problems - dropped foot, edema, atrophy, obstruction.
  • Headaches effecting the region around the eyes - temporal, infra/supraorbital, migraines.
  • Breast issues from stagnant LV Qi - pain, insufficient lactation

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