LI 4
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LI 4 He Gu 合谷

“Union Valley”

HE a union, to meet

GU valley

Other Names


Location and Needling:

In the center of the flesh between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, slightly closer to the 2nd metacarpal bone.
0.5-1 cun perpendicular

Contraindications and Cautions


Functions

Large Intestine,
Yuan Source point, receives Lo branch from LU-7. Command point for face and mouth.
Heavenly Star Point

Spirit of Point: Clears the body, mind and spirit of toxins, negative thoughts and grudges. The Great Eliminator especially in mental disorders. Generates calmness and revives the energy. Good for emotional release.
Tonifies and moves the Qi, (especially in the LU and LI) Regulates Qi circulation of LI and Spreads LU Qi and consolidates the exterior.
Regulates Yin and Yang, moves Qi and helps blood circulation and stop pain.
Releases the exterior, disperses cold and wind, cools and regulates damp heat.
Calms spirit and pacifies HT Yang, calms the body


Signs and Symptoms


Clinical Research


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Footnote:


11 Mar 2012 04:36
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