Names Of Huatuojiaji

L5 Huatuo Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Sides of Spine at L5
  • Pinyin Name: Huatuojiaji
  • Chinese Character: 華佗夾脊

Where Is L5 Huatuo?

L5 Huatuo Location

  • .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of L5
  • Unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is L5 Huatuo Used For?

L5 Huatuo Clinical Usages

  • L5 innervates the descending colon and is used for the entire range of bowel issues, hemorrhoids, constipation, IBS, diarrhea, etc.  The huatuo at L1 or L2, however, is often the area that is blocked with this range of issues.  This area may be used for low back pain, sciatic pain, problems with the lower extremities, enuresis, polyuria and other related issues.
  • Used  extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. May be needled and used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

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What Conditions May Use L5 Huatuo?

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".

What Points Are Near L5 Huatuo?

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  • Local point for clearing the channel - low back pain, both as a local point and from wind invasion (possibly with UB 28).
  • Dissipates cold in the lower warmer - abdominal pain, bowel issues, abdominal masses.
  • Possibly useful for a range of urinary issues - frequency, nighttime urination, difficult urination.

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