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Large Intestine: Release what no longer has value / Acupuncture Point: Large Intestine 4

Posted: Sep 25th, 2012

We have entered the season of Metal, which may be my favorite of all the five elements.  Read below to learn about the yang aspect of Metal, associated with the large intestine.  Learn about a powerful point below, Large Intestine 4, used for joint pain and respiratory symptoms.



Large Intestine:  Release what no longer has value
 

According to the classics of Chinese medicine, the Lung performs the task of taking in "pure qi from Heaven".  The Large Intestine, on the other hand, releases what no longer has value. This is true not only for the physical body, but the mind and spirit as well. Grieving the loss of what was once precious is a vitally important aspect of the Metal element. Letting go of ways of being, or expectations that no longer serve us, is another aspect of healthy Large Intestine qi.  

 

Physically, we often see the pairing of symptoms related to the respiratory system and the body's capacity to eliminate (or let go), displaying the intimate relationship between the Lung and Large Intestine. With asthma, for example, constipation is often a problem. In turn, problems with elimination are often expressed in the skin as rashes and acne - the skin acting as the lung, or breathing organ, that covers the body.

 


 

Acupuncture Point:  Large  Intestine 4

 
 

Located in the fleshy space between the first and second metacarpals, the point is found by pressing from the webbing between the thumb and index finger back to the junction of these two bones.  After finding the most tender point, rub the point vigorously for one or two minutes with the opposite thumb for temporary relief of symptoms.
Located in the fleshy space between the first and second metacarpals, the point is found by pressing from the webbing between the thumb and index finger back to the junction of these two bones.  After finding the most tender point, rub the point vigorously for one or two minutes with the opposite thumb for temporary relief of symptoms.

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