Yaotongdian EX-UE-7

Chinese: 腰痛点

Pinyin: Yāo Tòng Diǎn


This is a group of 2 points, located on the hand dorsum. One point is between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones while the other is between the 4th and 5th. They are on the level of the junctions of the shaft and the base of the respective metacarpal bones.

How to locate

On the dorsal aspect of the hand, glide with the palpating fingers in the grooves between the 2nd and 3rd as well as between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones towards the wrist joint, until the fingers come to rest in the depressions just distal to the bases of the metacarpal bones. 

Main actions

Strengthen the Qi and Blood in the lumbar region and reduces pain



0.5–0.8 cun vertically or slightly obliquely towards the centre of a loose fist.

Caution: Do not stimulate these distal points in patients with a weak constitution due to the danger of potential needle collapse. 

Commentary for Yaotongdian EX-UE-7

Yaotongdian EX-UE-7 is a very effective distal point for treating acute pain in the lumbar spine, just as its name indicates. It is often selected when the pain is on either side of the posterior midline.