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
5) CLEAR HEAT FROM THE BLOOD and CHANNELS**
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
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: 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
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 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
Which two LI channels end on the contralateral side of the body from which they began?
LI Sinew and Primary
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
LI Luo channel deficiency
Cold sensitivity or sensitive teeth, stifling sensation in the chest and diaphragm