Xialian LI8 : Nomenclature,Location, Functions, Indications, Method



Xia: inferior               Lian: edge
Xialian is inferior to Shanglian (LI9) at the dorsal side of the forearm, close to the radial aspect.

Chinese Name:下廉
Name: Xialian
English: Lower Angle
Pinyin : xià lián
Han Geul 한글: ha ryeom 하렴
Romaji: ge ren(?)
Vietnamese : Hạ liêm


Xialian is located 4 cun distal to the lateral end of the elbow crease in the direction of the anatomical snuffbox and on a line connecting Yangxi (LI 5 ) and Quchi (LI 11).

Functions and indications  of xialian:

  • Opens the channel and relieves the pain so benefits pain in elbow and arm, motor impairment of the upper limbs.
  • Harmonises the Small Intestine. So, benefits abdominal distension, pain around the umbilicus, indigestion. (in Combination with ST39 and Ren 4 ).
  • Benefits breast, Beneficial in Mastitis, breast swelling and pain.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1.5 cun.

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.