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What's the Point?! He Gu, LI4

Written By Matthew Truhan, LAc on February 3, 2020

LI4 HeGu

The point today is He Gu, the fourth point on the Large Intestine channel (LI4). First things first: this point induces labor and is contraindicated during pregnancy! If you have a headache during pregnancy, do not use this point please! 

He Gu is located on the dorsal aspect of the hand, between the thumb and index finger, at the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone. If you would like a little more information about the name and location, read here.

Functions of He Gu

Best known as the headache point, LI4 can be helpful for other facial pain and conditions like toothaches or stuffy nose and congested sinus.

He Gu might also be used when one is feeling a cold coming on, with chills and fever, stuffy nose and a possible sore throat. 

Along with these functions, LI4 is also good for generally moving Qi for other types of body pains, it helps to clear heat from the body, and as mentioned before, it has a strong action on promoting labor.

How to Use Acupoints

As mentioned above, written locations get you close to the point, then find the tender spot. Once found, massage the point with 50 presses; you are not trying to bruise yourself, but you also want to feel the pressure and tenderness while performing the massage. Complete 50 presses on one side, then find the point on the other side and repeat.

Self massage can be helpful, but nothing is better than letting someone else do the work for you. An acupuncture treatment for a condition described above would include He Gu among other points to help balance the body and bring recovery or relief. Adding in other therapies, such as cupping, gua sha, and Tui Na Massage, also helps bring relief and improved healing.


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