An understanding of anatomy under the LI4 acupuncture point

Yiu Ming Wong Correspondence to Dr Yiu Ming Wong, Health Science Unit (PEC), Hong Kong Physically Handicapped and Able Bodies Association, S102, G/F, Lai Lo House, Lai Kok Estate, Shamshuipo, Kowloon, Hong Kong; pt{at}hkphab.org.hk Received 1 April 2013 Accepted 30 April 2013 Published Online First 23 May 2013

Acupuncturists may apply a needle into different locations for a given acupuncture point.1 This may raise doubts and uncertainty about the efficacy of acupuncture treatments, and cause complications in acupuncture research and education. For example, the LI4 point located in the first web-space of the hand is one of the most commonly used acupuncture points, but the placement of LI4 is slightly different in standard textbooks used for teaching acupuncture in China2 and Taiwan.3 For illustration, the two LI4 placements are named …