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LI 4 Acupuncture Point

LI 4 Acupuncture Point

LI 4 Acupuncture Point is called as hé gǔ. He means Junction. Gu means Valley. This point lies between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones. The location of the point is depressed as a valley.

LI 4 Acupuncture Point
LI 4 Acupuncture Point

LI 4 Acupuncture Point Location

On the dorsum of the hand, approximately at the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone, in the belly of the first interosseus dorsalis muscle. Needle perpendicularly 0.8 – 1 cun.

At the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone, close to its radial border

LI 4 Acupuncture Point Names

hé gǔ 合⾕谷

Large Intestine 4 Union Valley


  • Yuan Source Point on the Large Intestine Channel
  • Gao Wu Command Point of the Face, Command Point of the Face and Mouth
  • Ma Dan-Yang Heavenly Star Point


Do Not Needle if pregnancy is known or suspected


  • Regulates wei qi and adjusts sweating
  • Releases the exterior
  • Benefits the face, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth
  • Stops pain
  • Promotes labor
  • Restores yang collapse
  • ACAP


  • Headache
  • Redness and Swelling and pain of the Eye
  • Epistaxis
  • Toothache
  • Facial Swelling
  • Sore Throat
  • Contracture of Fingers
  • Pain of the arm
  • Trismus
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Febrile Diseases
  • Anhidrosis
  • Hidrosis
  • Amenorrhea
  • Delayed Labour
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Dysentery
  • exterior wind-cold or wind heat, copious sweating, absence of sweating
  • headache, eye pain/swelling, nosebleed, nasal congestion, toothache, mouth pain/ ulcers, swelling of face
  • amenorrhea, prolonged labor
  • pain, stagnation
  • Yang collapse: loss of consciousness, cold limbs, purple lips


Abdominal pain, arm pain, facial muscle paralysis, headache, digestive disorders, dental pain, difficult labour and respiratory and skin disorders.


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