Large Intestine 4

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LI 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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Location of Acupressure Point LI 4

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. Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.


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Health Conditions Treated with Large Intestine 4 Acupressure Point

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.

Headachesheadache acupressure kit

For general chronic headaches or for headaches with influenza:

One-sided headaches:

Headache at the temples:

High Blood Pressure

Eyes

Painpain remedy with essential oils

  • 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)

Poor Blood Circulationcirculation stimulation remedy with essential oils

Face Issues

Swelling of the face or facial edema that came on slowly:

Bell’s Palsy with deviation of the face and mouth:

TMJ or trigeminal neuralgia:

Tinnitus

Sudden onset tinnitus or deafness with anger:

Skin Conditions

For red, itchy skin conditions such as eczema or scaly itchy psoriasis 

Exterior Pathogens

Exterior Wind-Cold patterns with chills and alternating fever:

Exterior Wind-Heat patternssore throat and fever

In the event of a sudden loss of voice with External Pathogen:

For a sore throat due to a cold

Misc. Uses of Acupressure Point LI4

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Other Name(s) of Acupuncture Point LI 4

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Large Intestine 4

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point LI 4

Warning: Contraindicated during pregnancy

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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References

Effect of Acupuncture Manipulations at LI4 or LI11 on Blood Flow and Skin Temperature

The effect of applying pressure to the LIV3 and LI4 on the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

LI4 Acupoint Reduces CFA-Induced Inflammatory Pain via the Brain TRPV1 Signaling Pathway

Stimulation of Taichong (Liv3) and Hegu (LI4) modulates the default mode network activity in Alzheimer's disease

Effects of LI-4 and SP-6 on Labor Pain, Cortisol Level and Duration of Labor