PC-8 (Lao Gong)

PC1-9PC8-9

Chinese Name:

Lao Gong 劳宫

English translation:

Palace of Labour

Location:

On the palm of the hand, between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpals, proximal to the metacarpophlangeal joints.
There are books place Laogong between the 3rd and 4th metacarpals (i.e: on the ulnar side of the 3rd metacarpal, rather than the radial side).

Classification:

Ying-Spring point of the Pericardium Meridian

Indications:

  • Cardiac pain, epilepsy.
  • Mouth ulcers.
  • Bad breath, psychosis, vomiting, skin rashes, numb fingers, jaundice, dysphagia, syncope, epistaxis, diabetes.
  • Hand tremors, writers cramp, wind with bi syndrome in the hand and groaning, excessive sweating of the palms, pleurisy, fullness and pain in the sides of the chest, pain in the sides preventing turning around, spasms of the diaphragm, sensations of Qi rising, hypertension, ateriosclerosis, gastric cancer, bronchitis, haematuria, blood in the stools, haemorrhoids, hot or cold abcesses, headache, migraine, fever without sweating after cold has been trapped for a few days, wasting disease in infants with malnutrition and parasitosis.

Functions:

Clears Heart Heat, calms the Shen.

Notes:

PC 8 is the best point to clear Heart-Fire. Ying-Spring points are where the qi dribbles down the meridian. Ying-Spring points are indicated for heat in the body and changes in the complexion. Ying-Spring points are known to clear heat from the meridian.

Needling:

Perpendicular insertion .3 - .5 cun.