Liver 2 Xingjian
Walk Between


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Liver 2 Xingjian, is an important point on the Liver acupuncture channel. This point, according to Chinese medicine, is able to drain or eliminate Fire from the body.

Description

  • Ying-Spring point
  • Fire point on the channel

Location of Liver 2

On the dorsal surface of the foot, between the first and second toes, distal to the metatarso-phalangeal joint of the big toe.

Depth: half to one cun.

This puts it in the webbing between the first and second toes, half-way between the joint and the web.

Finding it should be easy, but I don't find it so. Often the point is closer to the joint than I think it should be.

Moxa

  • Moxa - up to 3 cones

Sensation when needled

Local sensation, sometimes extending to the big toe.

Actions of Liver 2, Xingjian

Liver 2, because it clears Fire and Liver Yang, has in effect the ability to support Kidney Yang.

Like Liver 3 Taichong it is excellent at clearing a wiry pulse.

This point and Liver 3 affect the head strongly, more than other points. Hence it is good at treating, when a syndrome concurs:

  • Tendency to sudden anger, tension, irritability, fright
  • Dizziness
  • Liver Yang headaches
  • Liver Blood deficiency headaches, though Liver 3 is better
  • Red, painful eye problems
  • Nosebleeds
  • Painful 'lump' in the throat

Conditions arising from Liver channel or Liver syndromes, such as:

  • abdomen swollen or distended
  • constipation and intestinal pain
  • hernia
  • genito-urinary pain, especially if from heat, such as pain in the penis/urethra from inflammation or words ending in -itis
  • painful urination; bedwetting; enuresis
  • lower back pain and difficulty stooping forwards or leaning backwards
  • pain in lower end of sternum
  • a sense of fullness in the heart and chest pains
  • heavy or continuing bleeding from the uterus
  • periods that are irregular, especially if too early from Heat
  • Coldness in the legs or feet from 'counterflow' cold (for more on this read about Chong mo syndromes)
  • Skin diseases from Blood Heat (but other points too, eg P3)
  • Hypertension, when from Fire
  • Cramps and spasms, used with Liver 6, including for urine retention (but other points help here too, eg Bl39, Weiyang)

Comment on Liver 2 Xingjian

I think of this point as being useful where there is too much Liver Fire or Liver Yang energy, leading to outbursts of anger, or ongoing irritability and feelings of frustration, even resentment.

We all want to seem 'balanced'. When our energy is disturbed, we often can't recognise that we are 'out of balance'.

It is important that we can vent our emotions naturally, but afterwards - and assuming we have not caused hurt to others or ourselves, we should return to our balance.

The name of this point, Walk Between, suggests to me that it helps people return to balance, especially if their tendency is to anger.

This point seems to ease excess Liver energy in the Heat and Belly, but angry people often feel a fullness, a bursting sensation, in the chest and this point is great for that too.

However, this point on its own does not usually bring complete balance if the Stomach and Spleen pulses, and/or the Lung pulse, are weak. Points on those channels would also be needed.

Click here to find out about the Liver's functions in Chinese medicine

Click to find out about the liver organ in WESTERN medicine

For points along the Liver channel, click below:

Liver-1 Dadun Great Clarity
Liver-2 Xingjian Walk Between
Liver-3 Taichong Great Pouring
Liver-4 Zhongfeng Middle Seal
Liver-5 Ligou Woodworm Groove
Liver-6 Zhongdu Central Capital
Liver-7 Xiguan Knee Joint
Liver-8 Ququan Spring at the Bend
Liver-9 YinBao Yin Wrapping
Liver-10 Zuwuli Leg Five Miles
Liver-11 Yinlian Yin Angle
Liver-12 Jimai Urgent Pulse
Liver-13 Zhangmen System Gate
Liver-14 Qimen Cycle Gate


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