Large Intestine Meridian

Shouwuli  LI13 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Shou: Arm          Wu: five               Li: Taken as cun in ancient times
Shouwuli is on the upper arm, 5 cun below Tianfu (LU3).

Point Name : LI-13
Chinese Name : 手五里
English Name/ Meaning: Five Miles(cun) arm
Pinyin: shǒu wǔ lǐ
Han Geul 한글 : [su] o ri [수] 오리
Romaji : te no go ri?
Vietnamese : (Thủ) ngũ lý

Location :

On the lateral side of the upper arm, 3 cun proximal to Quchi (LI11), on the line connecting Quchi (LI11) with Jianyu (LI15).

Functions :

Courses channel and connecting vessels.

Indications of shouwuli :

  • Respiratory problems: Cough blood, SOB.
  • Digestive problems: loss of appetite, borborygmus.
  • Scrofula & goitre (LI 13- LI 18).
  • Lethargy – sleepiness, malaria; regulate Yang Qi.
  • Local problems: pain and stiffness in elbow, numbness in the upper arm, paralysis of the upper arm, elbow joint pain.

Method :

Perpendicular insertion 1 to 1.5 cun.

Precautions :

  • Avoid radial collateral artery and vein.
  • Do not use direct moxa.


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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