Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Binao : Upper Arm

LI-14 : Hand Yangming Large Intestine 14


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

Location:
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

Needling:
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.

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

    Notes:
    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.

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

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    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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