English translation: Joining Valley
International identity number: LI-04, Large Intestine 4
IMPORTANT: This point is prohibited for use during pregnancy
- Yuan-Source point
- Gao Wu Command point
- Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point
Midway between the junction of the 1st. and 2nd metacarpal bones (fingers) and the margin of the web.
Perpendicular insertion 0.5 – 1.0 cun. Oblique insertion directed proximally 1 to 1.5 cun.
- Dispels, exterior Wind,
- Releases the Exterior,
- Stimulates the dispersing function of the Lungs,
- Stops pain,
- Removes obstructions from channel by activating the channel and alleviates pain
- Tonifies Qi and consolidates the Exterior,
- Harmonises ascending and descending,
- Regulates the defensive Qi and adjusts sweating
- Regulates the face, eyes, nose, mouth and ears
- Induces labour
- Restores the Yang
He Gu (LI-04) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.
He Gu (LI-04) is one of the most frequently used of all Acupuncture points and has a wide range of uses. It is particularly useful for all kinds of pain in the face, including eyes, ears, and nose. He Gu (LI-04) is a primary point used in Acupuncture anaesthesia.
He Gu (LI-04) induces Labour. It is used in difficult deliveries, and even to expel retained placenta. He Gu (LI-04) is strongly contraindicated during pregnancy.
The combination known as “the Four Gates” includes He Gu (LI-04) and Taichong (Liv-03) is useful for clearing cold and heat obstructions (pain) of the entire body. Combined with Quchi (LI 11) it is used to reduce high fever of any cause.
He Gu (LI-04) has the action of expelling pathogens and as such is an excellent immunity booster acu point.
James O’Sullivan - that's me, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving my patients, my students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. #jamushur
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.