LI4 – An Acupuncture point for Headaches and Migraines

Commonly known as the “headache point,” Large Intestine 4 (LI 4) is located on the back of the hand in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger. If you hold your thumb and index fingers together, LI 4 can be found at the highest point of the bulge of the muscle in this location.

LI 4 is one of the most powerful points in acupuncture.  Stimulation of this point directs healing Qi, or energy, to the head and face. There is a saying in Chinese medicine, ” Without movement there is pain, with movement there is no pain.” This expression explains how LI 4 eases pain. The Large Intestine channel is abundant in Qi and therefore points on this channel are ideal for moving the Qi. Combined with this point’s ability to affect the face and head we have the perfect point to treat headaches and migraines.

I use LI 4 in combination with other acupuncture points to treat the constitutional imbalance that each individual presents with, thus creating the ideal point combination for each of my clients.

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