Point Localization: In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.

TCM Actions: Expels exterior wind. Releases the exterior. Disperses Lung Qi. Regulates the Defensive Qi (Wei Qi). Regulates transpiration. Analgesia. Stops pain. Remove obstruction in the channel. Tonify Qi. Harmonizes the ascending and descending of Qi. Benefits eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Promotes labor. Calms the Mind (Shen).

Indications: Aversion to Cold. Fever. Sneeze. Regulates transpiration. Analgesia. Spasms in the channel, stomach, intestines and uterus. Toothache, head, eyes, arm and ear. Trismus. Bi syndrome. Hemiplegia. Contraction of the fingers. Tinnitus. Deafness. Redness and swelling of the eyes. Blurred vision. Nosebleed. Congestion and runny nose. Aphtha. Tension on the lips. Amenorrhea. Promotes labour. Retention of dead fetus. Stiff neck. Cold. Flu. Rhinitis. Conjunctivitis. Stye. Sinusitis. Epistaxis. Trigeminal neuralgia. Facial paralysis. Anxiety.

Target area: Head. Face. Mouth. Teeth. Ear. Arm. Nose. Throat.

Point Name and Meaning: Hegu – Joining Valley

Acupuncture Meridian: Large Intestine

Categories: Yuan (source).

Unitary Channel: Yang Ming (Bright Yang) [LI + ST]

 

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*Acupuncture points may be used safely for acupressure, but should be used with needles only by acupuncturists or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) professionals.