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Large Intestine Physiology:

1) Distribute qi to head and face and normalize the fx of its associated sense organs and the throat
2) Regulate the body fluids
3) Circulate qi to the arm, shoulder and neck
4) Maintain normal fx of the Large intestine
6) Tonify Qi and Blood

What is a unique function of the large intestine channel?

Clears heat from the blood and channels.--The yang ming channels have abundant qi and blood. Fever and heat are considered the result of excessive qi and blood in the yang ming channels. This excess gives rise to s/sx dry mouth, excessive perspiration, yellow urination, constipation and skin disorders such as pimples, rashes, boils and carbuncles.

Channel Disorders for Large Intestine

1) Exterior Syndrome
2) Heat Syndrome
3) Head and face, sense organ disorders
5) Skin Disorders
6) Channel obstruction

Organ Disorders for Large Intestine

Large Intestine

Body fluid Disorders for Large Intestine

Excess: Diarrhea, runny nose, facial edema, sweating
Deficiency: Dry mouth and throat, thirst, dry stool, lack of sweating

LI Channel Disorder: Exterior Syndrome

Fever, chills, obstruction of the nose, yang ming headache

LI channel Disorder: Heat syndrome

Fever, hot sensation of the body, sweating, thirst, concentrated yellow urination

Li Channel Disorder: Head and Face, Sense organ disorder

Sinusitis, epistaxis, swelling and painful throat, toothache (due to swollen gums) pain and redness of the eyes, swelling of the neck, hyperthyroidism, facial paralysis.

LI channel disorder: Skin disorders

Swelling, rashes, itching, discoloration, discharge and pain of the skin

LI channel disorder: Channel Obstruction

Pain, swelling, hot, cold or other abnormal sensation on the hand, arm, shoulder and scapular region, upper back and neck

LI Organ disorder: Large Intestine

Abdominal pain, umbilicus area pain, borborygmus, flatulence, diarrhea which may be yellow and sticky, constipation

LI Organ Disorder: Lung

Cough, asthma, sputum, chest pain, low energy.

LI Organ Disorder: Stomach

Epigastric pain, vomiting, belching

LI body fluid disorders: Excess

Diarrhea, runny nose, facial edema, sweating

LI Body fluid disorders: Deficiency:

Dry mouth and throat, thirst, dry stool, lack of sweating

LI Divergent separates at

The Hand

LI Divergent channel enters the body cavity at

The Supraclavicular fossa

LI Divergent channel connects with

Large Intestine, lung, throat

LI divergent channel emerges from

The supraclavicular fossa

LI divergent channel Converges with the LI Primary channel at.

Throat (LI 18)

The LI divergent channel: fRom LI 15 area

There are 3 branches
1) Goes posteriorly, connecting with the spinal column at the area of C7
2) Goes anteriorly and distributes in the chest and breasts.
3) Goes to the supraclavicular fossa, where it enters the body cavity and connects with the lung and large intestines.
It then travels upward and emerges at the supraclavicular fossa, passes through the throat and converges with the LI primary at LI 18 area.

LI Sinew channel Starts from

Index finger (LI 1)

LI sinew channel ends at

The madible

LI Sinew channel accumulates

At the radial aspect of the wrist and elbow, shoulder, scapular region, spine, cheek, lateral side of the nose, corner of the head and mandible.

Pathology of LI sinew channel

1) Spasm, pain, pulling sensation and stiffness along sinew channel
2) Impaired movement of the arm, shoulder, stiffness, frozen shoulder
3) Neck pain and stiffness, *restricted rotation of neck*

Primary applications of LI sinew

Pain, swelling, spasm, and hot and cold sensation along channel distribution.
-Arthritis and tendinitis of the elbow and shoulder.

Additional areas of distribution for the LI sinew channel

Scapular region, upper thoracic spine and the distribution of m. trapezius. Thus is useful for muscular disorders of these areas from C6 to T7
-Also used for cervical spondylosis, tightness, spasm, or trauma of the scapular region and areas between the scapulas.

Points often used for tensions and muscular spasm of m. trapezius and upper back

LI 10, LI 11, LI 12, LI4: LU 7 and LIV 3 contralaterally

Qi of the LI sinew channel accumulates additionally where?

At the CHEEK, side of face and MANDIBLE

LI sinew channel is useful for which types of headaches?

Temporal as well as frontal headache

Which two LI channels end on the contralateral side of the body from which they began?

LI Sinew and Primary

Points used for temorofrontal headache

LI 4 and LI3: ST 8, SJ 5 and GB 41

SI Luo channel distribution

Follows the main channel to LI 15, then to the angle of the mandible where it bifurcates.
1) One branch enters the teeth
2) Another branch enters the ear, communicating with all the channels that go to the ear

Connection of LI Luo

Shoulder, teeth, ear, Lung channel

LI Luo channel Excess

Toothache, gum disease, deafness and ear disorders

LI Luo channel deficiency

Cold sensitivity or sensitive teeth, stifling sensation in the chest and diaphragm

LI Luo Channel disorders

1) Tooth Disorders
2) Ear Disorders
3) Sense Organ

Li Luo Organ Disorders

1) Disorders of the body fluids
2) Disorders of the chest and diaphragm

LI LUo Tooth Disorder Points

LI 6: ST 44, LI 4, LI 7, KID 6, ST 6, ST 7 and SJ 17

LI LUo Ear Disorder Points

LI 6: SJ 2, SJ 3, GB 42, GB 44, SJ 17, GB 2

LI Luo Disorders of the Body fluid Points

LU 9, LU 7, REN 3, REN 9, ST 40

LI Luo disorders of the chest and diaphragm points

LI 6: LU 5, REN 10, REN 17, ST 44, ST 40

Crossing points of the large intestine channel

SI 12
DU 14
ST 4
DU 26

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