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Ligou LR5 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

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Ligou LR5 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications

Ligou LR5 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications
October 23
11:43 2018



Li: shell Gou: groove
The external shape of the gastrocnemius muscle looks like a shell and the point is in the groove, medial and anterior to it.

Point: LR-5
Chinese Name:蠡溝
Pinyin:lǐ gōu
English Name/Meaning: Woodworm Channel
Han Geul 한글: yeo gu 여구
Romaji: rei kō
Vietnamese: Lãi câu


On the medial aspect of the lower leg, 5 cun proximal to the highest prominence of the medial malleolus, just posterior to the medial crest of the tibia, between the crest of the tibia and the gastrocnemius muscle.


  • Spreads Liver Qi and regulates the Qi.
  • Clears damp heat in lower burner.
  • Eliminates ‘plum-pit’ Qi.
  • Moves Qi locally.

Indications of Ligou:

  • Disorders of Liver meridian:
    • Rebellious of Qi: Swollen of genitals and hernia
    • Excess: Persistent erection
    • Deficiency: Sudden itching of genitals
  • Reproductive system problems:
    • Female: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea.
    • Male: seminal emission, premature ejaculation, loss of libido.
  • Urinary Problems: retention of urine, enuresis, dribbling.
  • Treating disorders in regions reached by the luo-connecting channel: (the Liver luo- connecting channel ascends to the genitals) the primary point on the channel to treat a wide variety of disorders affecting genitals area.
  • Treating psycho-emotional disorders: plum-pit Qi in the throat, depression, fright palpitations, fear and fright, worried oppression.


  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Oblique insertion directed proximally towards the abdomen, 1 to 2 cun.


  • Point of choice for Lower Burner (urinary, genital) problems.
  • Can be used to suppress sexual desire.
  • Luo Connecting Point.

Read about other points of Liver Meridian:

LR1-Dadun-大敦   LR2-Xingjian-行间    LR3-Taichong-太冲    LR4-Zhongfeng-中封      LR6-Zhongdu-中都   LR7-Xiguan-膝关    LR8-Ququan-曲泉    LR9-Yinbao- 阴包   LR10-Zuwuli-足五里    LR11-Yinlian-阴廉    LR12-Jimai-急脉    LR13-Zhangmen-章门    LR14-Qimen-期门

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