Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Shouwuli : Arm Five Miles

LI-13 : Hand Yangming Large Intestine 13

On the lateral side of the upper arm, 3 cun proximal to Quchi L.I.-11 on the line connecting Quchi L.I.-11 with Jianyu L.I.-15

Perpendicular insertion 1 - 1.5 cun

According to the Ling Shu Ch. 2 this point is contraindicated to needling.

TCM Actions:
Activates the channel and alleviates pain
Alleviates coughing
Regulates qi, drains damp and transforms phlegm

TCM Indications:
  • Pain, numbness or contraction of the elbow and upper arm, inability to raise the arm, shoulder pain, wind-taxation with fear and fright.
  • Cough, difficulty in breathing, vomiting blood.
  • Scrofula, desire to sleep, diminished qi, inability to move the four limbs, yellow body with intermittent low-grade fever, malaria, blurred vision, fullness and distension below the Heart, fear and fright.

    Superficial Innervation: Lower lateral cutaneous nerve of the arm (C5 - C6)
    Dermatome Segment: C5

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