Sciatica Relief with “Protect the White” Point
In western convention this point is known as LU 4 because it’s the fourth point on the “lung” channel. In Chinese the characters are 挾白which is Romanized as Xié Bái and pronounced as “Shya Buy”. The point is found on the front of the upper arm, about four inches below the armpit on the outside border of the biceps muscle. For a clearer view, look at the diagram in the post or look in the video.
Classical Indications for Xia Bai
The point, which is translated as “Protect The White”, in its classical indications descends Lung Qi and regulates Qi and Blood in the chest. Which means that it treats cough, shortness of breath, asthma, heart pain, palpitations, chest pressure and pain on the inner aspect of the arm.
Modern Uses for Protect the White, Including for Sciatica
Modern uses of Protect The White include sciatica, buttock pain, lower back pain, pain in the shoulder or upper back, thigh pain, and it resolves respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, common cold, wheezing, shortness of breath and the like.
Psychoemotional Uses for Protect The White Point
Protect The White is indicated for when a person is weary from all the struggles of daily life. It helps a person gain the courage to fight on heroically. The point can help cut through the veils of illusion and imperfection.
This video explains the point in a slightly different way and is very short. Click on it and watch it.
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A Manual of Acupuncture; Deadman et. al.
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion; Chen Xin Nong
An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture; The Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Lecture notes, Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture