It controls the transformation of digestive wastes from liquid to solid state and transports the solids outwards for excretion through the rectum.
It plays a major role in the balance and purity of bodily fluids and assists the lungs in controlling the skin's pores and perspiration.
This meridian begins by the outside corner of the index fingernail.
It runs along the edge of the finger, between the two tendons of the thumb at the wrist joint and along the outer edge of the arm to the elbow.
It continues to the outside of the shoulder muscle, then crosses the shoulder blade and travels
upward over the muscle at the side of the neck to the
cheek, passing through the lower gums, then over the top lip.
The large intestine meridian ends beside the nostril.
Paired with the lungs, the large intestine depends on the lungs for movement via the expansion and contraction of the diaphragm, which works like a pump to give impetus to peristalsis by regulating abdominal pressure.
Sluggish bowels may be stimulated by deep diaphragmic breathing and by tonifying lung energy.
Congested lungs and clogged bronchial passages may be cleared by purging the bowels.
Symptoms of abdominal pain, intestinal cramping, diarrhea, constipation and dysentery as well as as disorders of the mouth, teeth, nose and throat.
The Large Intestine meridian is affected by the emotions of sadness, grief, and worry.
An energetic imbalance in the Large Intestine can result in physical weakness and provoke emotional introversion, accompanied by feelings of depression, irritability, discouragement, distress and apathy and low self-esteem
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LI1 - Shangyang - Apoplexy, coma, toothache, deafness, numbness of the fingers, high fever
LI2 - Erjian - Toothache, facial paralysis, dry mouth, sore throat, numbness of the fingers
LI3 - Sanjian - Toothache, epistaxis, sore throat, swelling and pain of the dorsum of the hand, numbness of the fingers, somnolence
LI4 - Hegu - Redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, facial paralysis, toothache, swelling and pain of the throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, dysentry, common cold, cough, sweating
LI5 - Yangxi - Headache, toothache, tinnitus, deafness, mania, epilepsy, pain in the wrist
LI6 - Pianli - Tinnitus, deafness, toothache, facial paralysis, pain in forearm
LI7 - Wenliu - Headache, sore throat, abdominal pain and aching pain in shoulder and arm
LI8 – Xia Lian – Pain in the arm and elbow, headache, indigestion, diarrhea
LI9 - Shang Lian - Pain in the arm, indigestion, nausea, constipation
LI10 - Shousanli - Toothache, swelling of cheeks, abdominal pain, diarrhea, numbness of the upper limbs
LI11 - Quchi - Toothache, redness, swelling and pain of the eyes, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hypertension
LI12 - Zhouliao - Pain in elbow and arm, numbness of upper limbs
LI13 - Shouwuli - Pain in elbow and arm, somnolence
LI14 - Binao - Pain in shoulder and arm, stiff neck, shortsightedness, night blindness
LI15 - Jianyu - Pain in shoulder and arm, scrofula (tuberculous infection of the lymph nodes in the neck)
LI17 - Tianding - Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" in the throat
LI18 - Futu - Cough, asthma, sore throat, scofula, goiter
LI19 - Kouheliao - Toothache, facial paralysis, nose bleeds, nasal polyps
LI20 - Yingxiang - Nasal obstruction, loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, nasal polyps, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies.
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