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Man Dan Yang Acupuncture: The 12 Miraculous Points – Part 3

Ma Dan-Yang was a practitioner of Daoism in the 12th century. As a young man he developed great skill in acupuncture and moxibustion (Zhen Jiu 针灸). He left behind an ode to 12 miraculous acu-points, today known as Ma Dan-Yang Acupuncture.

If you want to learn a few acupuncture points that produce consistent results in treating a variety of illnesses, learn these!

This article presents Ma Dan-Yang’s ode to the third acu-point, Qu Chi (LI 11).

曲池 Qu Chi “Crooked Pond” LI-11*

To find Qu Chi, fold the hand in front of the chest, bend the elbow and seek the corner of the bone. It is good at curing elbow pain or atrophy, making the hand unable to close.
 When drawing back a bow is impossible, or the sinews are flaccid so that one cannot comb the hair; if the throat closes up suddenly and one seems near death (is suffocating), for lingering fever, or for skin rashes and lesions all over the body, needle and immediately they are improved.


Notes: This acu-point treats fevers, itching due to floating wind, and difficulty in flexing and extending the elbow and shoulder associated with the hand Yang Ming Channel.


Qu Chi “Crooked Pond” LI-11

  • Elbow Pain
  • One-sided paralysis and atrophy with hand drawn up and not extending
  • Slack sinews such that one cannot reach up to comb one’s hair
  • Throat obstruction such that one feels as though one is suffocating and could die
  • Unrelenting and lingering fever
  • Severe skin lesions (wind tinea, ringworm etc.) 


  • Clears Heat
  • Cools the Blood
  • Eliminates Wind, Drains Damp and Alleviates Itching
  • Regulates Qi and Blood
  • Activates the LI Channel

Other Modern Indications:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea –Dysentery; Vomiting
  • Pain and Motor Impairment of Upper Extremities
  • Sore Throat (can bleed)
  • Skin Conditions – Urticaria etc.

To locate Qu Chi, flex the elbow. The point is at the depression at the lateral end of the transverse cubital (elbow) crease, midway between the edge of the crease and the lateral epicondyle of the elbow.


* Many thanks to Craig Mitchell for his help with the translation.

The french version of this article can be read on Cours Qi Gong (translation by Mohammed Saïah).