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How to Clear Blockages in the Lung Channels?

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

Overall trajectory of the Lung channel:

The Lung channel starts in the Middle Burner (the middle section of the trunk), connects with Large Intestine, travels through Stomach, diaphragm and Lung, and surfaces from under the armpit. Then it travels through the inside of the arm towards the thumb.

LU 6 and LU 10 are the most common areas of stagnation in the Lung channel.

LU 6 孔最 Maximum Opening

LU 6 is located about 2 inches distal to the elbow crease on the inside of the forearm. This is an alternative location from most textbooks.

LU 10 鱼际 Fish Border

LU 10 is on the thenar eminence of the hand, the bulge at the base of the thumb. It is between the first metacarpal bone and thumb muscles.


With the palm facing up and a slight bend in the elbow, use the thumb or pinkie finger knuckle to tap the length of the Lung channel from elbow to the thumb as shown in the picture above. Pay special attention to LU 6 and LU 10 area. Most people experience more stagnation on the right side. If there is stagnation, you can work on the area for 5 to 10 minutes daily. It's common to experience redness, swelling, soreness and pain in the area. In fact, the stronger and healthier you are, the more intensity of soreness you will feel. Keep working through the discomfort. This is the key! The blockage usually goes away in 3-5 days.

Working on the Lung channel can potentially help with:

  • Respiratory illnesses

  • Common cold

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Shoulder pain

  • Waking up between 3-5 AM

  • Skin conditions

The best time to work on the Lung channel is 9-11 AM. Without getting into too much theory, Lung and Spleen channels have a close relationship (Taiyin channels). Since the Organ Clock for the Lung is 3-5 AM when we are in deep sleep hopefully, we can use the Spleen time as an alternative.

The material of this blog is inspired by 敲开健康之门 written by 路新宇. Currently there is no English translation of the book.

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