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Lung point 9 has a number of important qualities:
In the wrist crease on the anterior forearm between the radial bone and the first metacarpal bone, between the radial artery and the tendon of abductor pollicis longus - the tendon that abducts the thumb.
Perpendicular to the skin, 0.25 cun is usually enough but in some people can be up to 0.5 cun.
When needling this point, some acupuncturists find the radial pulse, then press laterally to it with a fingernail to push it away (ie medially) as the needle penetrates. I've never needed to do this, however, because it's quite hard to penetrate the artery wall, and the point is usually easy to find just medial to the abductor pollicis longus.
Needling Sensation: a heavy aching sensation is felt deep within the wrist joint, spreading out from the tip of the needle.
Because of the various actions of this point, the origin of the Lung channel in the epigastrium and stomach, the relationship between the lung and the heart in the Upper Jiao, and its relationship with the Large Intestine channel and zang, we can divide its actions into various groups.
However, please realise that in many cases the nature of the symptom means that it could be classified in several ways. Also, it would be wonderful to be able to ascribe complete healing of all the following symptoms to Lung point 9 alone, but in practice few acupuncturists would risk it: they'd use other points to back it up, depending on the exact diagnosis.
Duplication below is on purpose, but not intended to be complete.
Tonifies Lung qi and Lung Yin
Heat in Lungs and/or Lung yin deficiency
Lung Yin deficiency
Relationship with Stomach qi
Meeting Point for the 100 Vessels
Lung qi is healthy, the movement of Blood around the body is
harmonious. When Lung qi is deficient or excessive, Blood movement
When deficient, it may seem impossible to feel the pulse at the wrist, and difficult even at other points eg the carotid artery in the neck.
An old trick if you can't feel the pulse, is to needle Lung point 9: this brings qi to all the pulses, at least temporarily. In so doing, of course, you may alter the quality of the pulses making your diagnosis of the kind of pulse less certain:
Lung's relationship with the Water passages
Lung Channel problems
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