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Hegu location
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Hegu(LI4, 合谷) is an acupuncture point in the meridian named Yangming Large Intestine Meridian of Hand. Hegu is the main point for dissipating pathogenic heat and sedating pain.


He, junction; gu, valley. This point is between the 1st and the 2nd metacarpal bones, location of the point is depressed as a valley.


On the dorsum of the hand, midway between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.


  • (1) main point for diseases of the head, face and the five sense organs, especially good for toothache.
  • (2) relieving the pains of the whole body.
  • (3) lowering the blood pressure.
  • (4) relieving fever or cold, good for fever without sweating.
  • (5) regulating sweating, good for anhidrosis and hidrosis.
  • (6) good for delayed labour.
  • (7) good for the ache or numbness of the upper extremities, especially for the disturbances of the hand movement.


  • (1) Puncture perpendicularly 0.8-1.2 cun in the direction of the palm center.
  • (2) If the disorder is in the thumb, puncture obliquely in the thumb.
  • (3) Pregnant women is prohibited.