Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Binao : Upper Arm

LI-14 : Hand Yangming Large Intestine 14

Meeting of Large Intestine with Small Intestine, Bladder and Yang Wei Mai

On the lateral side of the upper arm, in the visible and tender depression formed between the distal insertion of the deltoid muscle and the brachialis muscle approximately 3/5ths of the distance along a line drawn between Quchi L.I.-11 and Jianyu L.I.-15

Oblique insertion 1 to 1.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Activatges the channel and alleviates pain
Regulates qi and dissipates phlegm nodules
Benefits the eyes

TCM Indications:
  • Pain, numbness and painful obstruction of the upper arm and shoulder, wasting and weakness of the upper arm, inability to raise the arm, contraction and stiffness of the neck.
  • Scrofula, goitre, chest pain.
  • Redness, swelling and pain of the eyes.

    Superficial Innervation: Upper lateral cutaneous of the arm from C5 - C6
    Dermatome Segment: C5

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the root of the hand Yangming meridian with the tip being at Touwei St-8. Both of these are based on an unclear description and debated. The attribution of this point is based on Beinao being a mispronunciation of this point but other commentators describe it as an alternative name for Shangyang LI-1.


    In Mayan medicine:
    Used to treat pain in the upper extremities (Garcia, Sierra, Balam, 1999: Wind in the Blood)


    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda call this point Adhah Skandha and associate it with the doshas: Prana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Avalbaka Kapha, Kledaka Kapha, Shleshaka Kapha and Pachaka Pitta.

    They give the following functions:
    - Benefits the upper extremities and shoulders
    - Influences lungs and stomach
    - Relieves stress, stagnant emotions

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