Large Intestine LI

Large Intestine LI

Element
Ba Gua
Primary Function
Only a few points on the channel influence the large intestine fu. The channel has a lower He-Sea point, St37, that has a much greater influence over the large intestine fu. Other points used to influence the LI fu are the Front Mu and Back Shu points.
Areas / Symptoms
Face teeth nose throat shoulders
Brief Psychology
belongingHolding onto griefLossvalueguiltLetting goPure / ImpureSteadfast
Primary functions
Regulates qi and blood in the limbs treats pain and atrophy very important for clearing excess of yang (heat and fever) treating all disorders along the channel particularly head including eyes nose lips gums teeth and ear assists the Lung’s function of opening the water passages
Overview
Begins at thumb side of index finger, passes along the posterior and radial aspect of arm to shoulder joint at LI15, travels through SI12, and Gv14 (back of body) where it meets the other yang channels, then enters the supraclavicular fossa (on front of body) near St12, connects with the lung, descending through the diaphragm to the large intestine. A branch passes from near St12 across the neck through the cheek, entering the lower gums crossing to other side of face at Gv26 to join the Stomach channel at LI20. Another branch passes from near St12 to descend to the lower he-sea point of the Large Intestine at St37.
Zangfu Connections
Meetings with
6 Channel Partner
Divergent Channel
Separates from primary channel at the hand ascends past shoulder through LI15 travels to spinal column crosses to front of body to the thorax, breast, lung and large intestine, a branch ascends from the thorax to join the primary channel at the throat.
Luo Connecting Channel
Begins at LI6, joins with Lu channel 3bin above wrist, ascends to shoulder through LI15 to jaw and cheek, one branch dividing and entering the ear (joining the collection point where St, SI, GB, and SJ gather at the ear) and the other branch connecting with the teeth.
Sinew Channel
Binds at LI1, the wrist, elbow, shoulder, one branch crosses the posteriorly to attach to the upper thoracic spine, the other branch ascends to the jaw, divides at the jaw with one branch binding at the side of the throat and the other branch crossing over the top of the head to connect with the mandible at the opposite side.
Channel Meeting points
St4, St12, SI12, Gv14, Gv26, Cv24, possibly GB5, GB6, GB14
Time of Day
5am to 7am
Negative Aspects
negative proud worthless disconnected from earth knows only loss craving more empty materialistic sterile despondent zealot
Positive Aspects
letting go acknowledged alone sufficiency - having enough non-attached
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Cutaneous region

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Key aspects

  • Connects with large intestine, lungs, arm, shoulder, throat, jaw (upper), nose and ear
  • Breathing, asthma, immunity, coughs, colds and flus
  • Ear pain and tooth ache
  • Constipation can be a large intestine problem
  • Part of the Yang Ming channel (6 channel partners with St) which means that it is good for
    • Moving qi and blood to the arms and legs
    • Pain of whole body (LI4),
    • Fever (because of 6 channel connection to St

Acupuncture Points

PointSpecial PointBalancesBalance for:
LI-1
Jing WellMetal Point
Virtue Negative Aspects of Self intimacy openness warm protected spontaneous control connection propriety (appropriate action) self mastery social interaction propriety external connection balance understanding of others understood by others discernment communication insight receptive valuable connected with heaven acting rightly pure inspired self worth letting go acknowledged alone sufficiency - having enough non-attached wisdom to treat myself well wisdom overcoming fear will driven clever able to rest full of life concentration focus meeting needs inside integrating myself into the wider world altruism reciprocity adaptability nourished understand myself true giving integrity interested in others adaptable giving and receiving self-esteem vision planning benevolent patient free flexible choice guarded vulnerable isolated unsafe betrayed hurt pained controllingJing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedation Clearing heat restoring consciousness rescuing collapse excess and heat from distal end of channel Stagnation and fullness in chest Disorders of the spirit
LI-2
Key PointYing SpringWater Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationallow tears to flow let go to move forward let go of old patterns purity of spirit capacity to let go fear of separation cry of sadness grief letting go of projects letting go of grief fear of letting go lossHeat in body Diseases of the yang channels zang pathogens along channel and at distal end
LI-3
Shu StreamWood Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationtaking in the majesty of life celestial palace inner self Humanity BodyFor Yin channels – for tonifying and harmonising their respective zang yin organsFor yang channels – treat disorders of their channel (not the fu) Heaviness of the body and pain of the joints Intermittent diseases such as malaria
LI-4
Spirit PointKey PointYuan Point
LI-5
Jing RiverFire Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationShort breath and asthma Speech and voice Sinews and bones
LI-6
Key PointLuo Point
Toxic Emotions Fear Withdrawal Anger Frustration Lack of joy Embarrassment Hurt Sympathy (Excess sensitivity) Grief Disconnect Guilt Paranoia Disconnected Resentment Confused Bitterness Shame Defensive Disgust Disdain Worthless Immobilised Pointless Secrecy Intimidating Aloof Passive aggression Seething Always looking for a new answer Lying Sarcastic Teasing Blush and hide React and push back Prickly Ingratiation Complaining Direct people to be happy Superior Snide Push people away Lack of inspiration FutileEmotionsLetting Goallow tears to flow let go to move forward let go of old patterns purity of spirit capacity to let go fear of separation cry of sadness grief letting go of projects letting go of grief fear of letting go lossQi Flow
LI-7
Xi-Cleft
Toxic Emotions Fear Withdrawal Anger Frustration Lack of joy Embarrassment Hurt Sympathy (Excess sensitivity) Grief Disconnect Guilt Paranoia Disconnected Resentment Confused Bitterness Shame Defensive Disgust Disdain Worthless Immobilised Pointless Secrecy Intimidating Aloof Passive aggression Seething Always looking for a new answer Lying Sarcastic Teasing Blush and hide React and push back Prickly Ingratiation Complaining Direct people to be happy Superior Snide Push people away Lack of inspiration Futilepain acute conditionstired with self at war with self being whole facing parts of self discomfort with self
LI-8
taking in the majesty of life celestial palace inner self Humanity Body
LI-9
LI-10
Key Point
taking in the majesty of life celestial palace inner self Humanity Body
LI-11
Key PointHe SeaEarth Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationHeadache Headache and speech Sinews arms hand skin Digestion Skin throat cold Speech anger eating Lumber pain stiffness of bones and sinews Constipation lumber pain knee Short breath groaning cramps Hip and leg pain Knee and leg Vision fright fits walkingentitiesghostsBrain Integrationbraingiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve careDisorders of the stomach and intestines Eating and drinking Points on knee influence the fu (yang organs) Skin disorders
LI-12
connection being of service to connect core connection to heart empty mind to access knowing deeper self
LI-13
taking in the majesty of life celestial palace inner self Humanity Body
LI-14
LI-15
Key Point
bear burdens strength endure holding on letting goallow tears to flow let go to move forward let go of old patterns purity of spirit capacity to let go fear of separation cry of sadness grief letting go of projects letting go of grief fear of letting go loss
LI-16
protection structure stability connect to deep core instincts intuitionconnection being of service to connect core connection to heart empty mind to access knowing deeper self
LI-17
assimilation life story vision of inner truth value truth true to inner child draw on roots grounded thinking
LI-18
Key Point
For Brainhead and throatcoughvomiting and headachewhere there is disharmony between Qi of body and headFor people not connected to their body or feelings.Body connectionassimilation life story vision of inner truth value truth true to inner child draw on roots grounded thinkingEffective communicationExpressionability to listenloss of voice
LI-19
LI-20
Key Point
assimilation life story vision of inner truth value truth true to inner child draw on roots grounded thinkingQi Flow