Lungs Meridian

Active time is 3-5 AM.
It is beggining at the centre of the abdomen.
This is like a wind, the energy trough the small intestine runs up across the diaphragm and lungs to the throat at the level of the clavicle. Here the energy turns down towards to the fingers.

When the energy is runing upwards that is a protection from anything bad, detoxifying, related to the intestines.
When the energy is runing downwards that is balancing the liquid in the body, related to kidney and bladder.
So the primary ending point is on the thumb and a secondary is on the index finger.

Like everything in the life the energy also may be balanced, intense or low.

To help the gas exchange (O2 and CO2), balance the energies and heal the physical disorders please do some exercises like: Yoga, Qigong, Tai chi, Zen Do-in.
Get acupressure massage or acupuncture treatments regularly.
For prevention and every day health do breathing exercises on the fresh air in the mornings or evenings.


Lung point 1
Zhongfu is in the first intercostal space, about 1 unit (cun) inferior to the depression below the clavicle and medial to the coracoid process.

  • In influenza, sensation of heat in the chest
  • Shoulder tension (with Lung 7)
  • Sweating at night (with Bladder 13)
    • if you eat too a large meal you may have difficulty breathing
    • Often if you eat too much of any food that your body finds hard to digest, your nose may fill with phlegm
    • Very cold air conditions which inhibit the Lung’s qi and ability to breathe can be combated with warm food or drink.
    • If there is nausea or vomiting (from rebellious Stomach qi) in addition to points on other channels, Lung 1 can be used to regulate it.

Lung point 2
The Yunmen is in the depression below the clavicle, medial to the coracoid process. In effect, this means it is just below lateral end of the collar bone.

  • Pain, fullness and oppression in the chest
  • Shoulder tension and pain
  • Difficulty breathing from rebellious qi
  • Wheezing, cough, asthma
  • Difficulty lying down from painful or difficult respiration with shortness of breath


Lung point 3
The Tianfu point is in the depression inferior to the deltoid muscle and above the bulge of the biceps muscle, but more towards the deltoid.

  • Helps regulate spirit
  • Helps clear eyes
  • Disseminates Lung zang Heat and helps Lung qi descend particularly where Liver Fire attacks the Lung qi
  • Nosebleed
  • Dizziness
  • Cough, spasmodic, coughing blood, with red face: wheezing and asthma
  • Difficulty breathing from anger
  • Helps to stop bleeding and to cool blood
  • Goitre and swelling of the throat


Lung point 4
Xiabai point lies anterior to the humerus in the depression lateral to the biceps brachii muscle.

  • Cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or heart pain, fullness of chest with anxiety
  • Local pain in the area of the point
  • Purple-white wind blotches on the skin


Lung point 5
Chize is on the elbow crease, up to 1 cun lateral to the biceps tendon in the depression.

  • Regulates the Water passages
  • Helps clear excess Stomach heat
  • Asthma, coughing, pneumonia, pleurisy, bronchitis, pulmonary TB, spitting blood, swelling and pain in the throat
  • Moistens lungs eg for dry lungs or burning in lungs
  • With other points helps clear Lung phlegm and phlegm damp
  • Disorders from over-eating, eg nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Difficulty breathing, short or shallow breathing
  • Numbness in the throat
  • Arm and shoulder pain: difficulty raising the arm
  • Frequent weeping and crying


Lung point 6
Kongxui is on the anterior surface of the arm, 7 cun proximal to Lung 9, lateral to the flexor carpi radialis muscle.

  • Regulates and descends rebellious Lung qi
  • Spreads and descends Lung qi
  • Cools heat and Stops bleeding especially from the lung
  • Moistens the lung
  • Causes sweating


Lung point 7
Lieque is on the anterior surface of the arm, approximately 2 cun proximal to the wrist crease, just lateral to the radial artery.

  • Sneezing, cough, chills, fever, sweating, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cough
  • In connection with the large intestine: blocked nose, nose and sinus problems, nasal polyps, migraine, headache and neck stiffness, lockjaw, hemiplegia
  • Conception vessel problems: facial paralysis, inability to open the mouth and talk, heavy feeling in the chest, urogenital problems like impotence, pain in the genitals, blood in the urine, pain urinating, fainting, problems conceiving, sore vagina, retained placenta
  • Weakness in the arm or wrist, pain in the wrist, tendonitis and stagnant blood from repetitive strain injury along the channel
  • Water regulation: issues such as oedema of the extremities, puffy face after sleep (or under the eyes in the morning), problems urinating
  •  Hypertension, loss of consciousness
  • From Lung-Liver imbalances: sadness, yawning, stretching to breathe, frequent sighing, tension in the chest and spine or back


Lung point 8
Lingqu is on the anterior forearm, it lies about 1 cun proximal to the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery at the base of the styloid process.

  • Descends Lung Qi
  • Metal Point. Being the Metal point of a Metal meridian, this point is used to strengthen the pure Metal nature of the Lungs. Do not stimulate between 3pm and 5pm. Basically, it can help the Lungs function better.
  • Helpful when Qi is not flowing properly, especially in relation to the lungs, ie good for respiratory problems such as cough or asthma arising from cold or heat
  • Bronchitis, chest pain, asthma, cough, fullness or discomfort of the chest
  • Feverish but not sweating: helps to clear Wind-Heat
  • Pain in the area of the point eg the wrist


Lung point 9
In the wrist crease on the anterior forearm between the radial bone and the first metacarpal bone, between the radial artery and the tendon of abductor pollicis longus – the tendon that abducts the thumb.

  • cough
  • Sighing and yawning
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing: asthma with much watery phlegm.  Cold and cold Mucus. (Most other Lung channel points are better for clearing heat. This point circulates Lung qi, but affects Water as well.)
  • Feeling of fullness and oppression in the chest
  • Shivering and panting with cold
  • Oedema of the face
  • Breathing difficulty when lying: so can’t lie down
  • Asthma: can’t catch breath
  • Rebellious Stomach qi: belching, hiccups
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent tiredness; needs to pause often to catch breath when talking, walking or climbing (eg stairs)
  • Numbness of chest
  • Much watery phlegm
  • Haematemesis: vomiting blood
  • Haemoptysis: coughing up blood
  • Dry throat or mouth
  • Agitation: crazy, raving talk, and can’t get to sleep
  • Colitis
  • Wakes and worries after 3am.
  • Hot palms
  • Belching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Toothache
  • Pain in the breasts
  • Inflammation of the whites of the eyes; blepharitis, eye pain
  • Heaviness, oppression, fullness, in the chest
  • Chest pain: eg of heart and lung
  • Agitation mentally, (crazy talking), with a choppy pulse and difficulty breathing
  • Cardiac pain
  • Distension of the lungs and can’t breathe out properly
  • Oedema in the face
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or weakness in the thumb, wrist, anterior/radial side of the forearm, biceps, shoulder and supraclavicular fossa.


Lung point 10
Yuji point lies on the palmar surface of the hand, in a depression medial to a point midway along the first metacarpal on the ulnar side, between the bone and the thenar muscles.

  • Benefits sore, swollen, or dry throat, as for example in Wind-Heat sore throat
  • Cough, which can be either acute or chronic
  • Coughing blood
  • Sore throat from smoking or exposure to external heat or dryness
  • Useful for lung conditions when fever is present
  • Laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, loss of voice, asthma
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Throat blockage (can’t swallow)
  • Abdominal pain, pain in the chest and back from Lung or Stomach Heat
  • Helps regulate Yin and Yang of the organs
  • Stomach heat problems, such as toothache, difficulty eating or drinking.

Lung line 11
Shaoshang lies on the inner side of the thumb, just proximal to the medial border of the nail where it meets the base of the nail.

  • Swelling and pain of the throat, tonsils, pharynx
  • Jaw swollen, numbness in the throat, tumours in the mouth or under the tongue, swelling of the tongue
  • Severe nosebleed
  • Dry, parched lips: if wants to drink too much and doesn’t eat
  • Cough, pneumonia
  • Fever
  • Belching, stomach feels too full
  • Acute fever
  • Febrile diseases with shivering
  • Hot dysentery
  • Full or melancholic feeling under the heart or in the lower chest
  • Mania and epilepsy
  • After stroke, to revive consciousness
  • Revives from fainting
  • A sensation of heat in the palm
  • Pain in the fingers