Ling Gu: Acupuncture Point For Sciatica

This technique can easily be done at home by applying pressure on this area with your fingers. For example, menstrual cramps or headaches and back pain can be alleviated.

Ling Gu: acupuncture point for sciatica

Various acupuncture points help to relieve pain or illness through their stimulation and to improve wellbeing. In today’s post we are going to explain how the Ling Gu point can quickly relieve sciatica or lumbago pain.

There are specific points for different complaints. 

Ling Gu : a point everyone should know

Ling Gu means the “bone of the soul”. This acupuncture point helps in the treatment of back problems and is therefore particularly recommended for all those who sit long at a desk every day.

This point was discovered by the renowned  Chinese doctor Tung. In contrast to other techniques, fewer needles are used here in order to achieve better results.


The so-called Master Tung points were kept secret in the family for several generations until they were taught to a group of students and now everyone can benefit from the wonderful advantages.

The Ling Gu point is located above and between the first and second metacarpal bones  (metacarpus), i.e. between the thumb and forefinger. When you press this point, you will see a depression.

Correct stimulation of this point immediately relieves sciatica and lumbago pain, which often extend from the lower back to the leg and severely interfere with normal movements. You always stimulate the hand on the opposite side of the pain.

So if the pain is on the left, stimulate the  Ling Gu point of the right hand. Immediate relief is seen in 75% of patients.

This point is also excellent for headache or foot pain, menstrual pain and facial paralysis. However, caution should be exercised during pregnancy as stimulating this acupuncture point could trigger contractions!


Relieve the pain with the push of a hand

According to experts, you can  relieve feelings of anxiety, back pain (as already mentioned, especially sciatica and headache or toothache) by applying pressure to the Ling Gu point (also known as the Hegu point) .

Acupuncture practitioners treat this point with needles, but at home you can easily treat the point with acupressure (pressure stimulation).

According to Chinese acupuncture theory, there are more than 300 points on the body, with the Ling Gu point being the most useful for treating back pain.

This point has been one of the most popular acupuncture points for centuries, but further scientific studies on this topic are still lacking.

It is still unclear exactly how this point works. A recent study with acupuncture needles showed that blood flow is activated and therefore pain is reduced. Other studies explain the effect in an increased production of endorphin (pain reliever hormone).



Acupuncture practitioners usually include this point in pain treatments for other parts of the body. Depending on the condition, they stimulate different points of the body. Take into account, for example, both menstrual pain and feelings of anxiety.

To stimulate your Ling Gu point, simply press the area between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand (where the highest curve is) with the thumb and index finger of one hand. If done correctly, it hurts easily.

1-2 minutes of pressure are enough, you will feel the positive effects after 20-40 minutes. If you don’t feel relief, try the other hand. You can use this technique yourself at home, in the office, or on the go.

However, needles should not be used without the supervision of an expert. Just the pressure with your thumb and forefinger is enough to relieve back pain, headache or menstrual pain.

Don’t wait until the pain becomes unbearable, take enough time to use this method!

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