Lingxu KID-24 Acupuncture Point

Lingxu KID-24

Chinese: 灵墟

Pinyin: Líng Xū

Location

In the 3rd intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline. 

How to locate

First identifying the 3th intercostal space by counting 3 spaces down from the clavicle. 

Lingxu KID-24 is on this space and also 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline. 

Main actions

  1. Invigorates Liver Qi
  2. Descends the Lung Qi

Needling

0.5–0.8 cun obliquely or transversely along the course of the intercostal space or with or against the channel pathway.

Caution: Pneumothorax.

Commentary for Lingxu KID-24

For all the Kidney Channel points in the various intercostal spaces of the chest (from Bulang KID-22 to Shufu KID-27), they share similar actions of descending Rebellious Lung or Stomach Qi.

Therefore, they are indicated for symptoms such as wheezing, dyspnoea or coughing by harmonizing the Qi Excess in the upper part of the body and Qi Deficiency in the lower part. This Qi imbalance happens because the Kidney is not strong enough to receive Lung Qi

In additional to the functions of descending Rebellious Lung Qi and strengthening the Kidney's ability to receive Qi, Lingxu KID-24 also opens the chests and invigorates Liver Qi