Large Intestine Channel of Hand-Yangming- An Introduction

Large Intestine Channel of Hand-Yangming
Large Intestine Channel of Hand-Yangming

Large Intestine Channel of Hand-Yangming 手阳明大肠经

Large intestine channel starts from the tip of the index finger, proceeding upward along the radial side of the index finger, through the interspaces of the first and second metacarpal bones and entering the depression between the two tendons (extensor pollicis longus and brevis) then goes upward along the lateral anterior aspect of the forearm and enters the lateral side of the elbow, proceeds upward along the lateral anterior aspect of the upper arm and reaches the highest point of the shoulder joint. From there it crosses the anterior border of the acromion upwards and reaches the governor vessel. It then enters the supraclavicular fossa and descends to connect with the lung channel. It continuous to travel through the diaphragm further, where it enters the Large Intestine. Its branch splits from the supraclavicular fossa and runs upwards along the neck, passes through the cheek and enters the gum of the lower teeth. It then curves around the corner of the mouth and intersects at the philtrum with the opposite side of the same channel. With this intersection the channel on the right hand proceeds to the left while the left to right. It finally terminates on the lateral side of the nose.

Indication of Large Intestine Channel points: Diseases of Head, face and five sense organs; febrile disease and conditions along the pathway of channel.

Point No.     Name      Location
LI 1Shang Yang

商阳

0.1 cun lateral to the radial nail corner of the index finger
 

LI 2

 

Er Jian 二间

With a loose fist, it is on the radial side of the index finger, in the depression distal to the 2nd metacarpo-phalangeal joint.
 

LI 3

 

San Jian 三间

With a loose fist, it is on the radial side of the index finger, in the depression proximal to the 2nd metacarpo-phalangeal joint
 

 

LI 4

 

 

He Gu  合谷

Dorsum of hand, between 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone, on the radial side.
 

LI 5

 

Yang Xi  阳溪

On the transverse crease of the radial side of the wrist, between the hollow of the tendon of extensor pollicis longus and brevis.
 

LI 6

 

Pian Li  偏历

With the elbow flexed, on the line linking the Yang Xi (LI 5) and Qu Chi (LI 11), 3 cun above wrist crease.
 

LI 7

 

Wen Liu  温溜

With the elbow flexed, on the line linking the Yang Xi (LI 5) and Qu Chi (LI 11), 5 cun above wrist crease.
LI 8Xia Lian 下廉On the line linking the Yang Xi (LI 5) and Qu Chi (LI 11), 4 cun below the elbow (cubital) crease.
 

LI 9

Shang Lian

上廉

On the line linking the Yang Xi (LI 5) and Qu Chi (LI 11), 3 cun below the elbow (cubital) crease.
 

LI 10

Shou San Li

手三里

On the line linking the Yang Xi (LI 5) and Qu Chi (LI 11), 2 cun below the elbow (cubital) crease.
 

LI 11

 

Qu Chi  曲池

With elbow flexed, at the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease, midway between Chi Ze (LU 5) and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
LI 12Zhou Liao 肘髎With the elbow flexed 1 cun above the Qu Chi (LI 11) on the border of the humerus.
LI 13Shou Wu Li

手五里

On the line linking Jian Yu (LI 15) and Qu Chi (LI 11) 3 cun above the Qu Chi
 

LI 14

 

Bi Nao 臂臑

On the line linking Jian Yu and Qu Chi, 7 cun above the Qu Chi, at the distal end of deltoid muscle.
 

LI 15

 

Jian yu 肩髃

With the arm abducted and parallel to the ground, at the upper border of deltoid muscle, in the inferior anterior depression of the shoulder.
 

LI 16

 

Ju Gu 巨骨

Upper portion of shoulder, in the depression between the acromial extremity of the clavicle and the scapular spine.
 

LI 17

 

Tian Ding 天鼎

On the lateral side of the neck, on the posterior border of middle sternocleidomastoideus, at the midpoint of line linking Fu Tu (LI 18) and Que Ping (ST 12)
 

LI 18

 

Fu Tu  扶突

3 cun lateral to the tip of the Adam’s apple, between the sterna head and clavicular head of medial sternocleidomastoideus.
LI 19Kou He Liao

口禾髎

Below the lateral margin of nostril, level with the ShuiGou (GV 26) point.
 

LI 20

Ying Xiang

迎香

In the naso-labial groove, at the center of the lateral border of the ala nasi.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.