Large Intestine 4

LI 4 acupressure pointLI 4 acupressure point is one of the most beloved acupuncture points of all time because of its many benefits and actions. It can be used in a variety of conditions, and although this is called the Large Intestine or Colon-Hand Taiyang channel (meridian), points along this channel are not best known for digestive complaints (look to the Stomach and Spleen acupressure points instead).

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Other Name(s):

  • Joining of the Valleys
  • Bottom of the Valley
  • Tiger’s Mouth
  • Uniting Bones
  • Holding Mouth
  • Joining Valley

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications:

  • Qi Source point of large Intestine Channel
  • Command point of the Mouth and Face Region
  • Heavenly Star Point
  • Entry point of Lung-7

Location: On the dorsal hand between the thumb and pointer finger on top of the mound that is made when the thumb is pressed tight to the finger between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bone. If the thumb and pointer finger are pressed together, LI4 would be located at the peak spot next to the thumb

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions:

Warning: Contraindicated during pregnancy

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations:

Four Gates
Acupressure point Large Intestine 4 is often combined with acupressure point Liver 3; this combination is referred to as “The Four Gates”. By activating the Four Gates one is opening the gates that are stagnating, or blocking, the free flow of Qi causing pain and disease. Therefore, it is appropriate for ANY pain syndrome and chronic diseases with elements of Liver Qi Stagnation. This combination is also used with colds and flus in the early stages to dispel the Exterior Pathogenic Factors.

Exterior Pathogens

Headaches

High Blood Pressure

In cases of hypertension combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Liver 3 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Eyes

Pain

  • Muscle spasms and muscular tension combine acupressure point Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Liver 3 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)
  • Painful obstruction and atrophy disorder of the four limbs, hemiplegia, pain of the sinews and bones, pain of the arm, contraction of the fingers, pain of the lumbar spine use The Four Gates and choose acupressure points above and below the pain on related channels, and/or on the opposite side of the issue
  • Pain along the radial aspect of the first finger and across dorsum of hand or to the radial and palmar areas at the base of the thumb combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Lung 10 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion) on the opposite hand and acupressure point Lung 9 using tonification method (clockwise motion)
  • Sprain of the thumb combine acupressure point Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Lung 10 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion) on the opposite hand
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome with tendon strain of the hand combine acupressure point Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Triple Burner 6 and acupressure point Pericardium 8 using tonification method clockwise motion) on the same and/or opposite hand depending on pain level of the affected hand

Nosebleed

Nosebleed, nasal congestion and discharge, sinusitis, sneezing combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Spleen 9 and acupressure point Lung 7 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Toothache

Toothache or pain of tooth decay in the lower jaw combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Stomach 44 and acupressure point Liver 3 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Tongue

Mouth ulcers, cracked painful tongue, or rigid tongue combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Heart 5, 8 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids combine acupressure point Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Liver 3 and acupressure point Spleen 6, 10 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Blood Circulation

With poor blood circulation combine Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Spleen 9 and acupressure point Liver 3 using tonification method (clockwise motion)

Face Issues

Tinnitus

Sudden onset tinnitus or deafness with anger Large Intestine 4 with acupressure point Liver 3 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Skin Conditions

For red, itchy skin conditions such as eczema or scaly itchy psoriasis combine acupressure point Large Intestine 4, and 11 with acupressure point Liver 3 and acupressure point Lung 10 using dispersing method (counterclockwise motion)

Misc

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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