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    Large Intestine Meridian(LI) 手陽明大腸経


    ◐ LI-1 商陽 ◐ LI-2 二間 ◐ LI-3 三間 ◐ LI-4 合谷 ◐ LI-5 陽谿 ◐ LI-6 偏歴 ◐ LI-7 温溜 ◐ LI-8 下廉 ◐ LI-9 上廉 ◐ LI-10 手三里 ◐ LI-11 曲池 ◐ LI-12 肘髎 ◐ LI-13 手五里 ◐ LI-14 臂臑 ◐ LI-15 肩髃 ◐ LI-16 巨骨 ◐ LI-17 天鼎 ◐ LI-18 扶突 ◐ LI-19 禾髃 ◐ LI-20 迎香

     

     

    LI-1 商陽

    Acupoints for Antihypertensives

    WHO : On the index finger, radial to the distal phalanx, 0.1 F-cun proximal-lateral to the radial corner of the index fingernail, at the intersection of the vertical line of the radial border of the fingernail and the horizontal line of the base of the index fingernail.

    Use for : Flu, Tonsillitis, Hot flashes, Antihypertensives, Colitis, Toothache, Asthma, Defervescence with Bloodletting

     

    LI-2 二間

    Acupoints for Epistaxis   Acupoints for Baby colic

    WHO : On the index finger, in the depression distal to the radial side of the second metacarpophalangeal joint, at the border between the red and white flesh.

    Practical :On the index finger, get a point at end of the striated lines of the proximal interphalangeal joint.

    Use for : Sty, Tonsillitis, Constipation in infants, Baby colic, Defervescence with Bloodletting, Hemostasis for Epistaxis with Bloodletting

     

    LI-3 三間

    Acupoints for Dyspnea  Acupoints for Vertigo

    WHO : On the dorsum of the hand, in the depression radial and proximal to the second metacarpophalangeal joint.

    Practical :On the index finger, get a point at end of the striated lines of the metacarpo phalangeal joint.

    Use for : Rheumatoid arthritis of the fingers, Toothache, Dyspnea, Stomach rumble, Tonsillitis, Vertigo(combination with ST45 and TE3)

     

    LI-4 合谷(別名:虎口)

    Acupoints for Ague  Acupoints for rash

    WHO : On the dorsum of the hand, radial to the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone.

      Acupoints for boils

    Use for : Eye disease, Facial boils, Facial rash, Facial eruptions, Ague, Chills, Fever without sweat, Flashes and flickers, Weak eyesight, Skin disease, Partial paralysis, Tonsillitis

     

    LI-5 陽谿

    Acupoints for Neurasthenia

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the wrist, at the radial side of the dorsal wrist crease, distal to the radial styloid process, in the depression of the anatomical snuffbox.
    Note : The depression of the anatomical snuffbox is formed when the thumb is fully abducted and extended between the tendons of the extensor pollicis longus and the extensor pollicis brevis.

    Use for : Neurasthenia, Hysteria, Headache, Aftereffects of cerebral apoplexy, Wrist, Throat, Tooth, Ear

     

    LI-6 偏歴

    Acupoints for Thumb  Acupoints for Wrist tendonitis

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the forearm, on the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 3 Bcun superior to the dorsal wrist crease.
    Note: LI6 is located at the junction of the upper three fourths and the lower one fourth of the line connecting LI5 with LI11.

    Practical : Overlap the both hands by crossing the thumbs. The tip point of the index finger is LU7. However, the tip point of the middle finger could be used as LU6.

    Use for : Toothache, Thumb paralysis, Wrist tendonitis, Tinnitus, Nosebleed

     

    LI-7 温溜

    Acupoints for Nosebleed

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the forearm, on the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 5 Bcun superior to the dorsal wrist crease.

    Practical : The middle point of the connecting line between LI5 and LI11

    Use for : Headache with fever, Hiccup, Nosebleed, Frozen shoulder, Epilepsy, Lump in Throat(Throat feels tight or clogged), Strange behavior

     

    LI-8 下廉

    Acupoints for Gingivitis

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the forearm, on the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 4 Bcun inferior to the cubital crease. Note: LI8 is located at the junction of the upper one third and lower two thirds of the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 1 B-cun inferior to LI9.

    Use for : Gingivitis, Toothache, Facial swelling

     

    LI-9 上廉

    Acupoints for Erb's palsy

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the forearm, on the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 3 Bcun inferior to the cubital crease.

    Use for : Partial paralysis, Asthma, Radial nerve palsy(Wrist drop), Erb’s palsy, Arm paralysis, Toothache

     

    LI-10 手三里

    Acupoints for Empyema

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the forearm, on the line connecting LI5 with LI11, 2 Bcun inferior to the cubital crease.

    Use for : Toothache, Tonsillitis, Facial swelling, Facial boils, Facial rash, Facial eruptions, Folliculitis, Palsy, Partial paralysis, Hyperemia of the brain, Cerebral anemia, Empyema

     

    LI-11 曲池

    Acupoints for Absces  Acupoints for Phlyctenule

    WHO : On the lateral aspect of the elbow, at the midpoint of the line connecting LU5 with the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
    Note: When the elbow is fully flexed, LI11 is located in the depression on the lateral end of the cubital crease.

    Practical : Make Gassho(合掌) with both palms and with this angle, get a point in the end of the cubital crease.

    Use for : All skin diseades, Elbow arthritis, Elbow rheumatoid, Eye diseases and problems(Blurred, Phlyctenule, Sty, Corneal ulcer), Palsy, Tonsillitis, Pus, Abscess

     

    LI-12 肘髎

    Acupoints for rheumatoid

    WHO : On the posterolateral aspect of the elbow, superior to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, anterior to the lateral supraepicondylar ridge.

    Practical : Bend the elbow and find the middle point of the connected line of LI10 and LI15.

    Use for : Neuralgia of the upper limb, Elbow rheumatoid, Partial paralysis

     

    LI-13 手五里

    Acupoints for Arm  Acupoints for Pus

    WHO : On the lateral aspect of the arm, on the line connecting LI11 with LI15, 3 B-cun superior to the cubital crease.

    Practical : 4 fingers up from LI11.

    Use for : Arm problems. One of the best Moxa points for eye diseases and problems same as LI-4, LI-11. Needling deeply may not appropriate.

     

    LI-14 臂臑

    Acupoints for Achlorhydria  Acupoints for Hoarse voice

    WHO : On the lateral aspect of the arm, just anterior to the border of the deltoid muscle, 7 B-cun superior to LI11.

    Practical : 4 fingers down from LI-15.

    Use for : Brachial neuralgia, Partial paralysis, Hoarse voice, Achlorhydria, Vocal fold nodule, Eye diseases(especially for Cataract with BL12, BL18, BL23)(also for Glaucoma with GB20, GB21, SI14, BL43), Frozen shoulder

     

    LI-15 肩髃

    Acupoints for Jock itch

    WHO : On the shoulder girdle, in the depression between the anterior end of lateral border of the acromion and the greater tubercle of the humerus.
    Note: When the arm is abducted, two depressions appear, anterior and posterior to the acromion. LI15 is located in the deeper depression anterior to the acromion. TE14 is located in the posterior depression.

    Use for : Defervescence, Partial paralysis, Toothache, Skin diseases, Eczema(with 肩尖), Hives, Sweat rash, Jock itch, Frozen shoulder(with TE14 and 肩尖), Hemiplegia(with LI11, LI10, GB31 and GB39)

     

    LI-16 巨骨

    Acupoints for Frozen shoulder Acupoints for Toothache

    WHO : On the shoulder girdle, in the depression between the acromial end of the clavicle and the spine of the scapula.
    Note: In the depression between the two bones lateral to the suprascapular fossa.

    Use for : Stiff neck and sholder, Frozen shoulder, Toothache, Tonsillitis

     

    LI-17 天鼎

    Acupoints for Stiff neck    Acupoints for Cervical

    WHO : On the anterior aspect of the neck, at the same level as the cricoid cartilage, just posterior to the border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
    Note: Directly inferior to LI18, at the same level as ST10.

    Practical : Bend neck opposite side, touch clavicle and sternocleidomastoid muscle trailing edge by pinky finger then touch sternocleidomastoid by other 4 fingers. The points where middle finger touched is LI17.

    Use for : Stiff neck and sholder, Cervical problems, Throat problems, Toothache

     

    LI-18 扶突

    Acupoints for Asthma   Acupoints for Cough

    WHO : On the anterior aspect of the neck, at the same level as the superior border of the thyroid cartilage, between the anterior and posterior borders of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

    Practical : Bend neck opposite side, touch clavicle and sternocleidomastoid muscle trailing edge by pinky finger then touch sternocleidomastoid by other 4 fingers. The points where index finger finger touched is LI18.

    Use for : Asthma, Cough (but it may trigger, so no storong stimulatuion)

     

    LI-19 禾髃

    Acupoints for Trigeminal neuralgia

    WHO : On the face, at the same level as the midpoint of the philtrum, inferior to the lateral margin of the nostril.
    Note: 0.5 B-cun laterals to GV 26.
    Remarks: Alternative location for LI19 – On the face, at the same level as the junction of the upper one third and lower two thirds of the philtrum, inferior to the lateral margin of the nostril.

    Use for : Upper toothache, Trigeminal neuralgia, Nose problems

     

    LI-20 迎香

    Acupoints for Nose1  Acupoints for Nose2

    WHO : On the face, in the nasolabial sulcus, at the same level as the midpoint of lateral border of the ala of the nose.
    Remarks: Alternative location for LI20 – On the face, in the nasolabial sulcus, at the level of the inferior border of the ala of the nose.

    Use for : Nose problems