LU-9 (Tai Yuan)

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Chinese Name 太渊:

Taiyuan

English translation:

Great Abyss

Location:

On the radial end of the transverse crease of the wrist, where the radial artery pulsates.

Locating method:

The arm is stretched and the palm is turned over. This acupoint is located at the radial end of the transverse crease of the wrist and in the depression on the lateral side of the radial artery.

Classification:

Yuan-Source point of the Lung Meridian Shu-Stream point of the Lung Meridian Converging point of Vessels

Indications:

Asthma • Chest Pain • Cough • Coughing Blood • Dyspnea • Eye Disorders • Forearm Medial Pain • Headache • Palpitations • Respiratory Disorders • Throat Soreness • Toothache • Wrist Joint Soft Tissue Diseases • Wrist Pain

Functions:

Tonifies Lung Qi and Yin, resolves phlegm, descends Lung Qi, tonifies Gathering Qi, influences the pulse.

Notes:

Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians, regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source) point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting) point of the internally-externally related meridians in use. Shu-Stream points are where the qi starts to pour down the meridian. They are known to alleviate heaviness and pain in the joints. On Yin Meridians, Shu-Stream points are identical to the actions of Yuan-Source points.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun. Keep clear of the radial artery.