If we observe the Chinese characters used to depict ‘Da’ in ‘Da Dun’ Liv 1, we find that it is drawn as a grown man with a top knot in his hair. A ‘top knot’ refers to long hair tied in a bun of sorts and in classical times a man’s maturity was measure by the length of his hair, thus ‘Da’ denotes the concept ‘great’, ‘mature’, ‘important’ & ‘wise’. The Chinese character used to depict ‘Dun’ is really very interesting in its imagery and the emotions that it conjures up. ‘Dun’ is drawn as a young lamb that is beaten by someone, yet the lamb does not cry or whimper. It relates to holding oneself in good esteem, to be simple yet strong and composed.
It is interesting to note that the translation of Da Dun Liv 1 varies considerably depending on the acupuncture text, yet the two most common translations I have come across translate Da Dun as “Big Mound” or “Big Esteem”. Thus it seems that the interpretation of the character ‘Dun’ differs quite a bit in both of these translations.
As I previously sated, Da Dun Liv 1 is a popular direct Moxabustion point in various schools of acupuncture and it is utilised in cases of liver deficiency type presentations. In my own personal acupuncture practices I have utilised Da Dun for treating a range of pathologies from neck pain to nervous system issues & anxiety. I find that it is imperative to ascertain the correct location of Da Dun Liv 1 by cross checking the possible locations via palpation directly against its effect on the body or reflective areas/symptom that you are trying to release. Once the most effective location has been ascertained I either needle the acupuncture point and then apply 7-15 direct rice grain Moxabustion cones (okyu) at the site of needle insertion or alternatively I mark the spot and then just administer the Moxabustion without the needle. Once this process is done I always go back and cross-check & confirm that the desired effect has been enhanced by said treatment via palpation.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Giancarlo Nerini – Acupuncturist (Melbourne & Safety Beach)