As part of Acupuncture Awareness Week, I have decided to explain in more detail about one of the most useful points that is a favourite with Acupuncturists. Even people unfamiliar with acupuncture theory have probably heard of acupoint LI4 or Hegu. Situated on the dorsum of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal in the hand, this widely used acupuncture point is invaluable in many treatments. Best known for alleviating frontal headache pain, this point can be stimulated by applying heavy pressure between the thumb and finger by pressing either side of the palm. A dull ache should be achieved. It is also excellent for swelling of the face, toothache, chills and fever and lockjaw. It also promotes labour and so is contraindicated during pregnancy. Due to its particular ability to stop pain, it is commonly used in acupuncture analgesia, particularly when combines with Liv3, a point combination known as ‘Four Gates.
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