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Liver 1, Dadun, is on your big toe by the nail. It's the first point on the Liver acupuncture channel. Translating its name into English shows just how meanings have changed over the millennia.
Dadun means, according to various translations:
Because of what it does, I think it could also be Great Clarity.
Anyway, it's definitely a Big or Great Something!
Just proximal to the lateral proximal corner of the large toenail.
Hold the toe firmly and needle perpendicularly to the skin at the point. Depth 0.1 to 0.2 cun.
The sensation is very localised: sore.
Up to three cones.
Be careful with old people or people whose sensations are dulled. If using a moxa-stick over the point, you can easily burn somebody before they start to report pain.
However, moxa here can be very effective when a problem is due to a build up or Qi in the channel, with deficiency as a background. The moxa seems to pull energy down and unravel it, even in chronic conditions.
A pity Liver 1 Dadun is painful because it is so useful, and Liver Heat, Damp-Heat, Qi stagnation and Yang rising are so common.
But don't forget you can also massage it. If the point is needed it is frequently quite sensitive so even massage can be sore. But it is effective. And moxa here can be great for many conditions, and is usually well-tolerated in small doses.
To me, it seems to clear out the Liver channel, hence my preferred name for it, Great Clarity. But don't bother, Chinese scholars, to write to me about it. That's just the name that helps me remember what it does. If my name for it confuses you, just call it Dadun: 'Big Heap'!
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
|Liver-10||Zuwuli||Leg Five Miles|
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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