Jianyu LI-15

Chinese: 肩髃

Pinyin: Jiān Yú


Jianyu LI-15 is located antero-inferior to the acromion, between the clavicular and acromial portions of the deltoid muscle. 

How to locate

When abducting the arm and leaving it in a horizontal position, two depressions are formed in the insertion area of the deltoid. Jianyu LI-15 is located at the anterior depression. 

Jianliao TB-14 is located in the other depression. 


Main actions

  1. Removes Obstructions from the Channel
  2. Resolves Phlegm


With the arm slightly adducted, 1–1.5 cun obliquely in the bony cleft and in a posterior direction. 

Or with the arm abducted, 0.5–1 cun vertically.

Caution: Shoulder joint

Commentary for Jianyu LI-15

Jianyu LI-15 is a very important point and it is mostly used to treat Painful Obstruction Syndrome caused by Wind or Dampness invasion to the arm and shoulder area. 

On top of that, it is also able to ease Atrophy Syndrome and arm paralysis after Wind-stroke. 

Another function of Jianyu LI-15 is to resolve Phlegm so as to treat nodules and goitre.