Continuing on the Liver meridians path we come to Xingjian Liv 2 which is located between the web of the big toe and the second toe. Xingjian Liv 2 being the fire point on the Liver meridian acts as a very important palpatory diagnostic point which if pain upon pressure is found, denotes heat or inflammation in the Liver meridian. At the medial hinge of the ankle, somewhat anterior to the medial malleolus we find Zhongfeng Liv 4. As the metal point on the wood meridian Zhongfeng Liv 4 ‘cuts’ through blood stagnation (oketsu) as an axe does to a tree. The health benefits from releasing ‘blood stagnation’ oketsu range from regulating menstrual disorders to shoulder pain, and many health conditions that fall in-between.
Our journey continues up the anteromedial aspect of the tibia to Ligou (Woodworm Canal) Liv 5. As the name denotes this acupuncture point requires direct Moxabustion. Just as you use smoke to rid a house of termites (woodworms) eating away the integrity of a house, you use direct Moxabustion (smoke) on this acupuncture point. This acupuncture point plays a pivotal role in the amelioration of pelvic pain and inflammation in the lower pelvic cavity.
Traveling further north to reach Ququan Liv 8, which is found at the medial ‘crook’ when the knee is bent. This acupuncture point has an amazing potential to reduce uterine & breast cysts, furthermore being the water point on the wood meridian it greatly benefits heat & inflammation in the Liver meridian.
Qimen Liv 14 is found on the torso and is known as ‘cycle gate’, in my acupuncture practice it acts as an important diagnostic point for Liver pathologies. I utilise this acupuncture point along with palpating under the right subcostal margin very often in my clinic when treating individuals with hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis & alcoholism.
Above I have loosely highlighted the trajectory of the liver meridian & mentioned some key acupuncture points (based on Kiiko Matsumoto’s & Kiyoshi Nagano’s work) I have tried & tested in my acupuncture practice. The above descriptions are quite brief, thus my intention is just to spark the interest of those who practice, study or have an interest in acupuncture to venture out of the confines of utilising the same ‘cookie cutter’ acupuncture point prescriptions.
In my acupuncture clinical practice I have found the above acupuncture points and many more to be amazing in their ability to release palpatory findings and ultimately ameliorate the individual receiving treatment.
I encourage all practitioners to test and crosscheck through whatever means at your disposal & I encourage all individuals receiving treatment to always critically evaluate the effect of any treatment.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Giancarlo Nerini – Acupuncturist (Melbourne CBD)