Spleen Luo-Connecting Channel

The Spleen Luo-Connecting channel is an acupuncture channel. It explains why its originating point, Spleen 4, is so important.

To find out more about this kind of channel, click on luo-connecting channels.

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  • This Luo channel pathway originates at Spleen 4, Gongsun.
  • From there it connects to the Stomach channel, which runs from under the eye on each side down to the second and third toes on each foot.
  • From the foot it ascends to the abdomen and there inserts into the Stomach and Intestines.


  • Damp: dislike of cold (and damp) conditions, fever, diarrhoea, sensation of heaviness or fullness in the abdomen;
  • Fullness: pain in the abdomen, can be lancinating
  • Rebellious or Counterflow qi in the Spleen: symptoms like food poisoning or cholera
  • Emptiness: drum-like distension in the abdomen
  • Qi Stagnation: distension in the abdomen
  • Blood Stasis: stools contain dark blood; pain in the abdomen

Comment on Spleen luo syndromes

The indications mentioned above come down to us from antiquity, and by no means cover all the possible Spleen Luo conditions.

For example, Phlegm is often a cause of palpable masses under the skin. It may also, or alternatively, cause numbness and tingling, showing that Qi is not moving smoothly.

Because Spleen deficiency is a cause of Phlegm, palpable masses under the skin or numb tingling anywhere may be a sign of Spleen luo-connecting channel problems, more especially if they occur along the Spleen's channel pathway or in the main areas it reaches - in this case, the abdomen.

However, to be sure of any of the Spleen luo syndromes listed above, an acupuncturist would have to ask questions, inspect and palpate. 

For example, abdominal distension occurs in several of the listed syndromes. If it were due to Qi Stagnation one would expect it to feel better for exercise, which is definitely not usually the case if it were due to Blood Stasis - as an example.

The originating point, Spleen 4, Gongsun, has this direct connection to the abdomen and its contents. That may explain why it was found to be able to act as a Master or Opening point for Chong Mo. The secondary opening point for Chong Mo is on the Pericardium channel at Pericardium 6.

If the Chong Mo's energy is much about the fascia or membranes that wrap, protect and hold up the contents of the abdomen, one can see why it combines well with the Qi of the Pericardium, which wraps the Heart and to which Pericardium 6 has a direct connection.

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