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Liver 11, Yin lian, Yin Angle or Screen, is a great acupuncture point on the Liver channel: mainly used for uterine and fertility issues.
Needle vertically or obliquely to the skin, up to 1.5 cun. If needled obliquely, be careful if doing so laterally, as the femoral vein passes nearby.
Local distending sensation that may ascend to the sexual organs or the lower abdomen, or down the medial thigh.
Moxa: up to 3 cones. Classical texts say fertility benefits from moxa on this point.
Yin Angle appears to benefit the sexual organs, in particular the uterus and is used mainly for
I probably don't use this point as much as I should.
As to moxa here, again, many women are very sensitive here. But one should not overlook the experience of ancient acupuncturists.
This is also a local point for pain.
The Liver stores Blood and the Liver's partner, the Gallbladder, is intimately connected with the tendons.
Hip-pain may be due to poor nourishment of the tendons holding the femur in place. Yin Lian is a good local point on the Liver channel to assist.
If possible, having gained Qi, direct the needle and Qi towards the main area of pain. But don't forget the remarks about the veins and artery, see Needling Liver 11, above. Although those cautions apply more to Liver 12, they also apply to this point.
This point is like Pericardium 2, which is in a somewhat similar place on the arm in relation to the shoulder-joint as is Yinlian to the hip-joint.
Whereas this point deals mainly with the Uterus and genitals, Pericardium 2, in addition to its local uses, affects the Heart and the space round it.
There is a very strong connection, in Chinese medical theory, between the Heart and the Uterus. I conjecture that Pericardium 2 might be a point to help with the uterus and fertility and Yin Lian might be beneficial to the Heart energy.
I haven't tried this often enough to be sure.For points along the Liver channel, click below:
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
|Liver-10||Zuwuli||Leg Five Miles|
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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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