Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Kongzui : Maximum Opening

Lu-6 : Hand Taiyin Lung 6

Xi-Cleft point

On the flexor aspect of the forearm, 7 cun proximal to Taiyuan LU-9, on the line connecting Taiyuan LU-9 with Chize LU-5

Perpendicular or oblique insertion 0.5 – 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Disseminates and descends lung qi
Clears heat and moistens the lung
Clears heat and stops bleeding
Moderates acute conditions

TCM Indications:
  • Cough, wheezing, asthma, chest pain, swelling and pain of the throat, loss of voice, febrile disease with absence of sweating.
  • Coughing blood, spitting blood, vomiting blood, hiccup.
  • Severe pain of the elbow and upper arm, inability to raise the arm above the head, difficulty in flexing and extending the fingers, epigastric pain, haemorrhoids, headache, clonic spasm.

    Superficial Innervation: Lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm from C5 - C6
    Dermatome Segment: C6

    In Tung acupuncture this is the location of the Di Shi, Earth Scholar, point. Two others, Ren Shi, Human Scholar, and Tian Shi, Heavenly Scholar, are located 3 cun proximal and distal to this point along the Lung channel. They are often used as a combination for all Lung channel issues (Chu, 2015).


    Points on the forearm were recommended for bleeding by Galen when the veins at the elbow crease were not visible (Brain, 1986, Galen on Bloodletting, p.91). This point would probably equate to Chize Lu-5 for disorders of the upper neck and head.


    Avicenna describes venesection at this point or Aspects of Treatment According to General Diseases, 21st section in Abu-Asab, Amri & Micozzi, 2013, Avicenna's Medicine).

    The median cubital or basilic veins are used for the lower body while the accessory cephalic vein (following the arm Yangming Large Intestine channel) has a similar function to the cephalic.

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