Wailaogong EX-UE-8

Chinese: 外劳宫

Pinyin: Wài Láo Gōng


On the hand dorsum, between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones, proximal to the metacarpophalangeal joints, at the junction of the heads and the shafts of the metacarpal bones.

How to locate

This point is best located with the patient making a loose fist. With the palpating finger, glide in the groove between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones from the wrist joint towards the fingers until the finger comes to rest in the depression just proximal to the heads of the two metacarpal bones. Here, locate Wailaogong Ex-UE-8. 

Zhongzhu TB-3 is located in a comparable position between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones

Main actions

Strengthens the Qi and Blood of the neck



0.5–1 cun vertically or slightly obliquely.

Caution: Do not stimulate this point in patients with a weak constitution due to danger of  potential needle collapse. 

Commentary for Wailaogong EX-UE-8

Wailaogong EX-UE-8 is an important distal point for treating acute cervical spine disorders. 

With Reducing Needling method on the affected or opposite side of the neck/cervical spine, it can strongly reduce the discomfort. During the treatment, the patients should move their neck gently while keeping their hand in a fixed position.