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 bone 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.
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 medicine theory, Lung point 10 is not usually recommended for tonifying the Lungs: it is nearly always used to disperse excess. However, the 5 Elements acupuncture theory system does use it to tonify the Lungs.
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.
Locally, Lung point 10 can be used for pain in the palm and thumb. If the pain is from deficiency, however, I would suggest you first consider using either Lung 7, Lung 9, or Large Intestine 4.
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.
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