LU-1 (Zhong Fu)

LU 1

Chinese Name:

Zhongfu 中府

English translation:

Central Palace

Location:

At lateral side of 1st intercostal space, 6 cun to Ren meridian, 1 cun below LU 2

Locating methods:

The patient sits straight or lies in supination for locating this acupoint. Yunmen (LU 2) is located in the depression between the acromion and the humerus when the hands are put against the waist. Directly below Yunmen (LU 2) in the first costal interstice is zhongfu (LU 1).

Classification:

Front-Mu point of the Lung Meridian; the Crossing point of the Lung and Spleen Meridian.

Indications

Asthma (moxa only) • Back Pain • Chest Discomfort • Chest Pain • Cough • Dyspnea • Nasal Congestion • Neck Nodular Growths • Respiratory Disorders • Shoulder Pain • Wheezing • Acute Bronchitis

Functions:

Disperses heat from the chest and stops cough, regulates and descends Lung Qi.

Needling:

Oblique insertion towards the lateral aspect of the chest or subcutaneous insertion .5 - .8 cun. 

Caution:

Do not insert deeply toward the medial aspect to avoid puncturing the lungs.

Notes:

LU 1, being a Front-Mu point, is a very important point used in diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. Pulmonary tuberculosis and bronchial asthma patients often have a sensitive reaction at this point. Due to it being the Crossing point of the LU and SP Meridians, this point can be used to strengthen the spleen, regulate the Qi and treat abdominal distention. For more complete information on Back-Shu and Front-Mu points, click here.