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Liver 12, Jimai, Urgent Pulse is a powerful point on the Liver acupuncture channel mainly used for pain and problems with the genitals.
I know few acupuncturists who use it regularly, but then I don't work in a hospital where it might be more easily accessed.
2.5cun lateral and 1cun inferior to Ren 2, medial to the femoral vein.
In the groin, find the femoral artery: it has a strong beat. Medial to that is the femoral vein. This has no beat but is quite wide, up to a finger-breadth across, and often palpable. Liver 12 is just medial to that, in the crease of the groin. Depth? Up to 1 cun, slightly medially.
Moxa: ancient texts, if they mention this point at all, suggest moxa rather than needle.
Perhaps their needling caused a few accidents.
Modern texts suggest needling, for fear of moxa over-heating the femoral artery or setting fire to genital hair.
(By the way, Spleen 12 is lateral to the femoral artery, and level with Ren 2.)
I don't think I've used this point more than half a dozen times in thirty-five years. I say that with no sense of pride. It's a good point for the actions described, but I don't seem to think of it.
I can think of several cases of pruritis where I might have tried it.
I don't think many acupuncturists use this.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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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.
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