This acupuncture point is very effective in treating asthma, back pain, and hip pain.

LU_2-Yun_MenIn western convention this point is known as LU 2 because it’s the second point on the “lung” channel.  In Chinese the characters are雲門 which is Romanized as Yún Mén and pronounced as “Yoon Munn”.  The point is found on the front of the body on the upper chest, right below the collar bone near the shoulder.  For a clearer view, look at the diagram in the post or look in the video.

Classically, the point clears Lung heat and descends Lung Qi.  It also dispels agitation and fullness.  This means it treats coughing, wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath while lying down or standing.  It treats an oppressive or agitated feeling in the chest, heat in the chest, pain in the chest, pain the lateral rib cage, pain in the back and shoulders.  Finally, other indications include a pulse that can’t be felt at the wrist, the sensation of the throat closing up, and goiter.  Modern uses of Cloud Gate include hip pain, buttock pain, lower back pain, pain in the shoulder or upper back, ankle pain, groin pain, and it resolves respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, common cold, wheezing, shortness of breath and the like.

For those who would like more esoteric and psychoemotional uses of the point, they follow.

Cloud Gate is used for when a person feels like he’s stuck under a dark cloud.  This helps a person whose mental outlook is blurred and he can’t come to grips with anything. It helps when one feels like no one cares for him.  This point clears away the murkiness, the confusion, the darkness and shows a person that he can persevere.  Cloud Gate releases grief and allows the light to shine through from the Heart’s fire.

This video explains the point in a slightly different way and is very short.  Click on it and watch it.



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

Acupuncture Point for Asthma and Back Pain
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