Four benefits of ‘LI 4’ acupuncture point

The LI 4 (Large Intestine) acupuncture point is one of the most frequently used and favoured by practitioners because of its wide variety of benefits.

Located on the dorsum of the hand, in between the first and second metacarpal bone on the radial side, it is highly effective in relieving a wide range of symptoms.

Here, we look at the leading four benefits of the LI 4 acupuncture point to help you understand just some of the ways acupuncture can help your overall health and wellbeing.

Migraines and Headaches

LI 4 is frequently used for its noted benefits for patients suffering from severe migraines and headaches. This point is used to aid with a range of issues in the face, such as toothache, jaw ache, rhinitis, allergies, and hay fever, while it is particularly useful for patients suffering from frontal or sinus headaches.

Anxiety and Stress Relief

Acupuncture is all about rebalancing and harmonising both the body and mind, which is why LI 4 is regularly used for patients suffering from the symptoms of anxiety or stress. These may include insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension, stomach problems, and dizziness. By stimulating this key point, the patient’s system can be cleared of blocked qi and revitalised with fresh energy that will help alleviate their intrusive thoughts and bring a sense of calm.

Menstrual Problems

The LI 4 point is ideal for treating pain throughout the body, which is why it is perfect for menstrual issues. Whether a woman is struggling with painful menstrual cramping, labour pains, or any other pain associated with the female reproductive system, LI 4 can help unblock stagnated qi to relieve this pain. Studies have even evidenced that using the LI 4 acupuncture point during labour can help to not only reduce the pain experienced during but also decrease the duration of labour.


LI 4 is also noted for its benefits in aiding patients who require their bodies to be detoxed. Practitioners regularly use this key point on patients suffering from constipation and diarrhoea as the stimulation can help ease and regulate bowel movements. As LI 4 seeks to draw out toxins that are poisoning the body, it is also the ideal acupuncture point for patients suffering from food poisoning and even hangovers.

LI 4 is just one of the many acupuncture points that are great in helping with a wide range of illnesses, ailments and health issues.

If you feel that you could benefit from a more natural, non-invasive approach to your health and overall wellbeing, why not consider acupuncture?

Not only can it help with physical, mental and emotional issues, it can also help to put you on the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

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