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Lung point 7, LU-7, Lieque, is the seventh point on the Lung acupuncture channel.
For acupuncturists it has some important properties:
First location: the most accepted location is 1.5 cun proximal to Large Intestine 5 (Yangxi), just proximal to the styloid process of the radius bone in the depression between the two tendons. This is a small point and should be needled by pinching the skin and needling transversely under the skin, either up or down the arm.
There is no need to needle perpendicularly here to get deqi. For one thing needling perpendicularly can be very sore (yes, I’ve done it and had it done to me!) and for another, pinching the skin and then needling into it usually gets deqi just fine.
Second location: an alternative location, on the anterior surface of the arm, is on the line between Lung 9 and Lung 5, approximately 2 cun proximal to the wrist crease, just lateral to the radial artery. Here you needle perpendicularly. It can also be sore: a heavy ache, slightly numbing.
For a short discussion of the differences between these points, see under ‘Comment’ below.
can often be felt to the thumb and first finger, or upwards towards Lung point 5, Chize. It depends on which way the point is needled, but even aiming to send deqi up the arm towards the elbow sometimes doesn’t work and you still get the sensation in the thumb or forefinger. Don’t worry too much: it still seems to work. The sensation can be nervy, like an electic current, but this occurs more at the first location.
Lieque, this point, is the Luo-connecting point for the Lung. As such it has a number of specific properties related to that function.
The two locations given for the point are in fact so far apart that it is arguable they are different points, especially since the former is needled transversely under the skin and the tip of the needle goes nowhere near the location of the other point.
The first location of the point is on the more yang line of the Large Intestine channel. However, since Lieque is the connecting point between the Lung and the Large Intestine channels, it may be that when needled at this location the point is better for treating invading pathogenic factors like Wind-cold and Wind-Heat, and yang areas of the body like the head.
Its other location, clearly on the Lung meridian line, (a yin line) may be better when opening up, with Kidney 6, the Conception channel and for stimulating Yin, and treating fullness, phlegm and wheezing of the chest.
The Lung zang controls the Water passages, and so sudden oedema in all four limbs can be treated from here too.
This point connects Lung and Large Intestine channels and both have a significant effect on the whole qi of the body, helping to move it.
A powerful point for problems in the head or nape of the neck, including headaches and melancholic behaviour.
Remember that Lung point 7 is also the Exit point, connecting with the Large Intestine channel. This gives you another way to balance energy between the two channels.
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