According to the traditional Chinese description, the lung meridian is a yin channel associated with the element metal and possesses interior and exterior relationship with the large intestine (LI) meridian.
Total number of points: 11.
Starting point: On the front of the chest, in the first intercostal space below the clavicle near the coracoid process.
Terminal point: On the lateral side of the thumb, close to the corner of the nail.
Pathway : After originating from the middle warmer (stomach) it descends to connect with the large intestine. It ascends up towards the diaphragm and enters its principal organ, the lung. From here it courses upwards and outwards towards the first intercostal space to become superficial.
Description of Selected Points
L-1 Zhongfu (Chungfu)
Location: 6 t-sun lateral to the mid-line in first intercostal space, on the front of the chest near the coracoid process below the clavicle.
Indications: Cough, dyspnoea, haemoptysis, pain in chest, asthma, fullness in the chest, pneumonia and bronchitis. Thoracodynia, intercostal neuralgia, herpes zoster and fibrositis of the chest wall.
- Breast Disorders: Underdeveloped breasts.
- Loose breasts.
- Excessive flow of breast milk.
- Lack of flow of breast milk.
L-5 Chize (Chihtse)
Location: On the front of the elbow, in the depression lateral to the tendon of biceps brachii muscle, slightly flexed elbow makes the biceps tendon prominent, rendering localisation of the point easier.
Indications: Respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis, epistaxis, haemoptysis, cough and sore throat. Diseases of the elbow joint like arthritis and synovitis, swollen and painful arm can also be treated by this point. Paralysis and neuropathies of the upper extremity. Skin disorders like allergy, dermatitis and psoriasis.
L-7 Lieque (Lieh Chueh)
Location: 1.5 t-sun proximal to the distal wrist crease, on the outer aspect of the forearm. Alternatively, it can be located by linking the two hands of the patient together so that the index finger and thumb of both hands are crossed; where the tip of the index finger touches is this point.
Indications: Respiratory diseases like bronchial asthma and asthmatic bronchitis. Localized diseases like arthritis of wrist, wrist-drop. Cervical spondylosis, stiff neck and torticollis. Bell’s palsy and trigeminal neuralgia.
Location: On the lateral end of the distal transverse wrist crease, lateral to the radial artery.
Indications : Respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, chest pain and cough. Diseases of blood vessels like Burger’s disease, Raynaud s disease, varicose veins, varicose ulcers and arteriosclerosis. Painful conditions of back and shoulders, myoneuropathies of the upper extremity, carpal tunnel syndrome and painful disorders of the wrist and hand.