CO5 (Colon 5) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Yangxi
English Name: Yang Creek

Location: When the thumb is extended, this point is found in the centre of the depression between the tendons of m. extensor pollicis longus and m. extnesor pollicis brevis. This depression is also called the "anatomical snuff box".


Jing-River point of the Colon channel.


For all disorders of the muscles and back (contractures and pains) and the skin (pruritis, urticaria, prurigo, ezcema).

Primary Indications:

Headache, redness/swelling and pain of eye, deafness, toothache.

Tertiary Indications:

Tinnitus, sore throat, nebula, pain of the wrist, skin disorders, psychosis.

Other Indications:

Hypertension, inability to flex arm at elbow, all disorders of muscles and back (contractures,pains), inability to raise the arm, pain in root of tongue, infantile indigestion, fever with sensation of cold, fever with irritability (heart malaise), malaria, convulsions with fear, syncope, divagation, fullness of chest, oppression, cough with abundant expectoration of saliva, difficulty in breathing.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Colon channel:

(CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, CO8, CO9, CO10, CO11, CO12, CO13, CO14, CO15, CO16, CO17, CO18, CO19, CO20)

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