Heart Meridian

Lingdao HT4: Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Ling: mind Dao: pathway

The heart dominates the mind. Lingdao is in the depression on the raidal side of the tendon of m.flexor carpi ulnaris; it is like a pathway leading toward the mind.

Point: HT-4
Chinese Name: 靈道
English Name/Meaning: Spirit Path
Pinyin: líng dào
Han Geul 한글: young do 영도
Romaji: rei dō?
Vietnamese: Linh đạo


Lingdao is on the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 1.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist.


  • Opens the channel.
  • Nourishes heart and calms the spirit.
  • Strengthens the voice.

Indications of Lingdao:

  • Heart problems: Chest pain, palpitations, cardiovascular problems.
  • Calm “Shen”– Sadness, too much happiness, palpitation, depression, manic, poor concentration, very easily scared, poor memory, dream disturbed sleep.
  • Throat disorders: sudden loss of voice, stiffness of tongue.
  • Diseases of the sinews and bones: contraction of the elbow and arm; a freezing cold sensation deep within the marrow and bones.


Perpendicular insertion 0.3 to 0.5 cun,


  • Jing-river point, Metal point.
  • Chest pain/tightness – angina, combine with P6. (Self-massage approx. 6-min./day starting soft → deeper. Do every day for 2 wks with a couple of days off. Research found improved ECG reports)


Avoid puncturing ulnar nerve.

Read about other points of Pericardium Meridian:

HT1-Jiquan- 极泉   HT2-Qingling- 青灵   HT3-Shaohai-少海  HT5-Tongli-通里  HT6-Yinxi-阴郄  HT7-Shenmen-神门  HT8-Shaofu-少府  HT9-Shaochong-少冲


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.

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