Comparing the Clinical Effect of Varying Locations of LI.4 Acupoint
LI.4 is a major acupoint but the method of locating it has not been standardized. In fact, description of method for locating this acupoint often varies in the classic and traditional texts. It might signify this point may be varied from one to another person. Our comparative study of locating and subsequent acupuncturing these locations revealed some interesting features of LI.4 from our collected clinical data in that location 1 had a better therapeutic effect for toothache relief and analgesia-anesthesia effect than for headache relief, location 2 was better for headache than toothache relief; locations 3 and 4 had a mixed effect whereas, location 5 seems to have a better chance to get bioenergy (De Qi) as manifested by tingling and numbing sensation at the acupunctured site. Our study also suggested that LI.4 location was about the size of 4 millimeters in diameter instead of a pin-point location, though needle inserted at correct point produced a better result.
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Lu, D., Lu, G., & Gabriel, P. (2008). Comparing the clinical effect of five varying locations of LI.4 acupoint. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, 33(3-4), 135-143.
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Dentistry | Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Dental Medicine