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Liver 8 Ququan, Crooked Spring, is the eighth point along the Liver acupuncture channel starting from its first point on the big toe. The point is also for the Liver ...
These different categories mean the point has several different uses.
My 85 year old grandmother, whose eyesight was failing, used to say that if she
couldn't read the number of a bus she'd close her eyes for a a few
seconds while she took several deep breaths, after which she could read
the number without difficulty. Pity she didn't know about this point. But her advice is still good.
In both the above ways of identifying the position of the point, the knee has to be bent, to find the popliteal crease. What if the patient can't easily bend the knee?
I can't say that my way of finding the point is any better than
the two ways mentioned above, but I don't use them.
Of course, it's always possible that I've identified another acupuncture point, hitherto hidden from millions of acupuncture practitioners over some 3000 years, henceforth to be named 'Clogquan' derived from my name and that of Liver 8 Ququan - but alas, probably not.
In any case, the point found my way behaves just like Ququan.
Deqi is uUsually felt on the inside of the knee and up the thigh.
Be aware that some people are very sensitive at this point (it is, after all, at one of the well-known erogenous zones) so you must be gentle but firm in locating the point, and then quick when inserting the needle.
In my experience, sensitivity is at the skin surface rather than much deeper though of course, poking about as you try to find deqi can be sore if you don't know what you're doing.
The point has three main actions, being nourishing, clearing and
local. Nourishing and Clearing are actually two sides of the same coin.
It nourishes the Liver energy, Liver Blood and Liver Yin. It doesn't seem to increase Liver Yang: if anything it pacifies it, and so helps to relax the tendons and what are called the collaterals.
It moves and invigorates the uterus and its Blood.
It strengthens the actions of the genitals.
helps the Bladder gather and redistribute the fluids, transforming them
so that they can be flushed out. (The fluids meant here are all the
extraneous fluids that otherwise obstruct the free flow of qi in the
body. Mostly that means from Damp and Phlegm.) But by clarifying the
liquids it produces those liquids the Liver needs for its Yin and Blood.
Consequently it is used to clear swelling in the abdomen caused by Damp
which takes the point into its second sphere of action.
Deficiency in the lower abdomen energy can lead to anal bleeding, spermatorrhoea and nocturnal emissions: this point helps them all, as well as some forms of impotence.
By nourishing Liver Blood and Yin it relaxes tight tendons.
It dispels Damp Heat in the Bladder, Kidney and lower part of the abdomen. For example, it clears Damp-Heat from the urogenital areas, pruritis vulvae, vaginitis, pain in the penis, prostatitis, nephritis, green or yellow discharges, and cystitis (if caused by Damp-Heat), or swelling in the abdomen or loins from Damp.
It helps to loosen stuck Blood in the lower part of the abdomen.
Useful for lower abdominal pain from Damp or stagnant Liver Blood.
Also useful for clearing diarrhoea caused by Damp-Heat, or even Heat, as occurs in hot climates from the sun or in cold climates from sitting on hot radiators, or (back in hot climates again) from unwise food choices: Delhi Belhi, dysentery with blood and pus.
Damp can cause anuria, the inability to urinate: this point also helps clear that Damp.
Damp can swell the sexual organs, as occurs in some sexual diseases: this point is specific for that.
in the inguinal area also come under this point being caused by either
Damp or Deficiency along the path of the channel. In this case use with
Liver 12 and Spleen 6.
If you have someone with epistaxis (nose-bleed) in the morning from excess Liver Yang, this point can often pacify it, but not much at the time of the epistaxis. Use it later in the day to steady Liver Yang. If successful, the epistaxis won't recur.
the path of the Liver meridian wraps round the urogenital area and
Liver 8 is the nearest 'control' point on the meridian to the urogenital
area, it can be used in a variety of urogenital conditions beyond those
... action is for pain in the knee, such as difficulty bending or stretching it, or cramps there or in the inner thigh.
With Liver 5, Liver 8 is a main point for strengthening the energy of the lower abdomen, so very useful for helping women post-pregnancy recover the tone of their abdomens, and for prolapse of the uterus (when Kidney 6 and Liver 1 may also help).
Although not specifically mentioned above, nourishing Liver Blood means it can counteract failing or tired eyesight and, in a larger sense, support the ability to see the 'whole picture'.
For weary students and others working late at night over hot computers, Liver 8 can be a boon. (However, advise them to get to sleep earlier and do the work in the morning instead, when they are fresh!) But you should remind people that eyesight benefits from good food, deep breathing and exercise too.
we know that diseases such as macular degeneration of the eye can often
be prevented or retarded by eating foods rich in omega 3 oils, lutein
and zeaxanthin, zinc, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, and avoiding
foods too rich in saturated fats. So ... lots of oily fish and
vegetables such as broccoli, raw cabbage, carrots, other green
vegetables, watercress and so on.
Best also to stop eating
sugar and flour, especialy white flour products, because they cause many
radicals and ultimately inflammation which finds its way to the eye.
Drugs and Medications
carefully which drugs you take: many are harmful to the optic nerve,
the retina and other vital parts of the eye. Tobacco is also a drug so
stop that too.
Be careful of direct sunlight as ultra-violet
rays can harm vision. However, sunlight in general is good for you
(though not to the point where your skin burns) and light excellent for
Sunlight and Sleep
For example, looking - with eyes closed - towards the sun gives them a great boost and may help you sleep better too, as your pineal gland benefits from the light. However, that takes us back to Liver 8 which, because it nourishes Blood and Yin, and because the Shen is said to rest in the Blood at night, can also help you sleep better.
|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!
I'm gradually improving this, but 'Qi Stagnation' and 'Yin Deficiency' still remain to be re-edited.
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.
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