between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones,
proximal to the metacarpo-phalangeal joint, in a depression
at the radial side of the third metacarpal bone.
note; this point is best located at
the place where the tip of the middle finger lands
when a fist is made.
perpendicular insertion 0.5 inch
moxa is OK
Clears heat from the pericardium and
Clears heat from the heart and calms spirit
Harmonizes the stomach and clears heat from the middle
Clears the nutritive level and cools blood.
Signs and Symptoms
cardiac pain, mental disorder, epilepsy,
gastritis, foul breath, fungus infection of the hand
and foot, vomiting, nausea
Laogong is a principal point
to revive consciousness and calm the spirit. It is
particularly useful in the treatment of febrile diseases
affecting the Heart that give rise to psycho-emotional
disturbances. According to ancient texts it was the
Pericardium channel that treated diseases of the Heart.
In fact, the Heart had no channel of its own at first.
Even though, the Heart channel was added later, Pericardium
points are still preferred to treat disorders of the
In 5 Elements theory both the Pericardium
and the Heart are Fire. Laogong is the Fire
point on a Fire channel making it particularly suited
for clearing fire from the Heart.
Fire may develop in the Heart a number
of ways including
i) stagnant Liver Qi
ii) deficient Kidney (water) failing to restrain Heart
iii) excess of any of the 5 cardinal emotions
iv) febrile diseases
Since the Heart is seen as the residence
of spirit (mind), almost any disharmony will give
rise to psychological and/or emotional disturbances.
Heart excess will give rise to ceaseless laughter,
while heart deficiency will give rise to profound
Heart fire is seen as an excess condition
agitating the spirit giving rise to symptoms like
a propensity to anger, mania-depression, and epilepsy.
The Heart is connected directly to the
root of the tongue and opens into the tongue. Heart
fire may manifest with tongue ulcers.
Since a branch of the channel travels
through the diaphragm into the middle and lower Jiaos
(the stomach and the intestines), plus being related
to the San Jiao channel
directly, Pericardium points have a strong effect
on the middle. Laogong is indicated where
fire disrupts digestion resulting in vomiting and
Laogong's ability to clear
heat from the blood and its location makes it suitable
to treat many skin disorders affecting the palms of
the hands including eczema, tinea, (a fungal infection
that causes white or light brown patches on the skin),
Finally, Laogong is particularly
important in Qi Gong practice
as it is one of the points practitioners learn to
breath through. It is also the principal point for
'emitting' Qi. In Reiki, Laogong is most
likely the point through which Dr. Usui channeled