Large Intestine Meridian

Jianyu LI15: Nomenclature, Functions, Indications, Method

With the arm abducted and parallel to ground, Jianyu LI15 lies at the upper border of the deltoid muscle, in the inferior anterior depression of shoulder


Jian: shoulder Yu: corner
The point is located at the corner of the shoulder.

Point: LI15
Chinese Name: 肩髃
Name: Jianyu
Pinyin: Shoulder Bone
English Name/Meaning: jiān yú
Han Geul 한글: gyeon u 견우
Romaji: ken gū
Vietnamese:Kiên ngung


With the arm abducted and parallel to the ground, at the upper border of the deltoid muscle, in the inferior anterior depression of the shoulder (anterior border of the acromion).


Puncture perpendicularly downward.
Puncture obliquely upward, forming a 50 degree angle with the skin.
Perpendicularly 0.5-0.8 cun.
Moxibustion is applicable.

Indications of Jianyu:

Jianyu is used for pain and numbness in the upper arm and shoulder, frozen shoulder, impaired movement of the arm; motor impairment of upper extremities.


Main point for shoulder disease.


Avoid deep puncturing since apex of the lung can be injured.
Be careful in patients of COPD.


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.