|Point of the Week
Large Intestine 4 good for decreasing pain in jaw and the forehead
Welcome to a special edition of Point of the Week, where we show you what acupuncture needles really look like when inserted into various trigger points along the body's energy pathways. Actually it is very hard to see the hair-thin stainless steel acupuncture needles themselves, but you can pretty easily see the handle which in this case is red. This point, known to acupuncturists as Large Intestine 4, is located on the back of the hand midway between the thumb and forefinger, at the highest point of the mound when the thumb is pressed toward the palm. It is excellent for cooling heat and reducing pain (especially headache and intestinal pain). Interestingly, LI 4 is so effective at decreasing pain in the jaw and forehead that it is known as "The Command Point" for the face. Pressing this point increases circulation within the energy pathways and can also be used preventively upon awakening each morning to avoid developing the symptoms.
Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice.
Step one: Locate the point Large Intestine 4 on your hand. The correct point will likely feel a little tender when using a firm touch.
Step two: Using your thumb or index finger, press and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. Repeat several times per hour, or until symptoms lessen.
Gigi Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati. She can be reached at www.ShamesHealth.com or (415) 388-0456.