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Lung point 10, Yuji, is the tenth point on the Lung acupuncture channel. On that channel it is the:
This point lies on the palmar surface of the hand, in a depression medial to a point midway along the first metacarpal on the ulnar side, between the bone and the thenar muscles.
Depth 0.5 to 1.0 cun, perpendicular to the skin, close up to the bone. If you need to use it, the point will probably be sore to probe.
Needling Sensation: a local distending sensation.
Yuji is a very cooling point, mentally and physically.
Mentally it eliminates Fire from the head caused by mental depression characterised by lots of crying, or where there is nervous anxiety, with headache and palpitations.
Physically it clears Heat from the Lungs:
In traditional Chinese acupuncture, Lung point 10 is not usually recommended for tonifying the Lungs: it is nearly always used to disperse excess.
However, in the Five Element School of Acupuncture, this point may be used to warm deficient or cold Lung qi. This makes sense if you view the Five Elements as being Four Elements (Fire, Metal, Water, Wood) daisy-chained round Earth at the centre. In this model, Yuji, being the Fire point, is the Lung tonification point. (Still, Taiyuan, Lung 9, remains the main tonification point, being the Earth point.)
Because it can benefit the throat so well, by clearing Heat, it actually benefits Lung Yin deficiency as well, so can be used for Yin deficiency Heat conditions. Here it helps to clear Heat but also helps to balance the Yin and Yang of the Lung, so in effect tonifying Lung qi. If there were also an overall Yang deficiency, together with Lung Yin deficiency, I might hesitate to use this point alone: I would add other points, some with moxa, for the Yang deficiency.
Lung Yin deficiency conditions include mental agitation and mania, and physical conditions such as arise in childhood malnutrition, difficulty swallowing, vomiting food and tension and fullness in the chest from anxiety and fright. Also for chronic sore throat with signs of Heat.
Of course, there may be other, deeper, causes of the pain which will need to be treated.
Most people dislike this point because the skin has many nerves here: when needling it, do so quickly.For access to the other Lung channel points, click below:
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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