The Lung Meridian of Hand-TaiYin originates from the middle energizer, and descends to connect with the large intestine. Winding back, it goes along the upper orifice of the stomach, where it ascends through the diaphragm, and enters the lung, its pertaining organ. It exits transversely from the arm pit from the lung system, where the lung communicates with the throat. Descending along the radial border of the upper arm, it reaches the cubital fossa. Then it continues descending along the anterior aspect (radial side of the forearm and enters Taiyuan(LU 9). Passing the thenar eminence (Yu Ji), and going along its radial border, it ends at the radial aspect of the tip of the thumb. The branch emerges from Lieque(L7) and runs along the dorsum of the hand onto the radial aspect of the index finger.
Points on the Lung meridian of Hand-Taiyin The first point of the meridian is Zhongfu (LU 1) and last one is Shaoshang (LU 11). There are 11 points on each side.
Summary of indications Throat, chest, lung diseases and conditions along the pathway of the meridian. Coughing, asthma, distention in the chest, swelling and pain in the throat, spasm and pain in the arm, etc.
Zhongfu (LU 1) Location ： on the upper lateral chest, 6 cun lateral to the anterior midline and at the same level with the first intercostal space and 1 cun below Yunmen (LU 2). Indications: Cough, asthma, distention in the chest, chest pain; upper back pain Needling method: puncture obliquely or transversely 0.5 ～ 0.8 cun toward the lateral side of the chest; deep perpendicular insertion toward the medial aspect is prohibited in order to avoid puncturing the lung and causing pneumothorax.
Chize (LU 5) Location ： with the elbow slightly bent, on the transverse crease of the elbow, in the radial depression of the tendon of the biceps muscle. Indications: Cough, asthma, coughing up blood; Sore throat, tidal fever Acute vomiting and diarrhea Infantile convulsion Spasm and pain in the upper arm Needling method: puncture perpendicularly 0.5 ～ 0.8 cun or prick to allow bleeding
Kongzui (LU 6) Location ： in the forearm, along the line linking Taiyuan (LU9) and Chize (LU5), 7 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist Indications: Cough, asthma, coughing up blood; Nosebleed, swelling and pain in the throat Hemorrhoids Spasm and pain in the arm Needling method: puncture perpendicularly 0.5 ～ 1.0 cun
Lieque (LU 7) Location ： on the upper edge of the styloid process of the radius, 1.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist between the brachioradial muscle and the tendon of the long abductor muscle of the thumb Indications: Cough, asthma Headache, neck stiffness, toothache, swollen and painful throat, deviated mouth and eyes Pain in the wrist Needling method: puncture obliquely 0.2 ～ 0.3 cun toward the elbow
Taiyuan(LU 9) Location ： on the radial side of the transverse crease of the wrist, in the depression of the lateral side of the radial artery. Indications: Cough, asthma, coughing up blood, chest pain Swelling and pain in the throat Takayasu’s disease Pain in the wrist Needling method: puncture perpendicularly 0.2 ～ 0.3 cun, keep away from the radial artery.
Shaoshang (LU 9) Location ： on the radial aspect of the thumb, about 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail. Indications: Swollen and sore throat, nosebleed High fever, unconsciousness, psychosis Cough Numbness in the arm Needling method: puncture superficially 0.1 cun, or prick to causing bleeding.