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The Liver Luo-Connecting Channel has many uses, not least in how it explains why Ligou, Liver 5, is so useful for genital problems.
Note to readers! ... This page is a bit abstruse if you're a beginner. It's not that the words are any, or at least, much, more difficult than on other pages, but this is about a subject usually taught some way into acupuncture courses.
So some of the concepts need your familiarity with other ideas in Chinese medicine.
Actually, I wrote this page, and other luo-connecting channel pages, for a few insistent patients, and for me.
It means I can look up both the channel and its symptoms on my smartphone in case I forget them.
If it helps others, great.
For more information about this type of acupuncture channel, click on luo-connecting channels.
The Liver luo-connecting pathway starts at Ligou, Liver 5, the Liver's Luo point.
It connects to the Gallbladder channel.
It also, separately, has a channel that reaches up to the genitals.
All Luo-connecting channels have great influence in keeping health and mental equilibrium. The following symptoms for the Liver luo-connecting channel were described by the ancient Chinese, although I've added to them where I've noticed it:
Knowing how to treat the Luo-connecting vessels gives acupuncturists great flexibility and understanding of how pain and discomfort accumulate in the body, and how this trapped Qi can be helped.
The luo-connecting points have many attributes, including the ability to stop bleeding and ease pain.
They also have mental potential, helping to calm patients.
For the Liver Luo, the mental symptoms include frights and fears, but also depressions, often with palpitations and anxiety. Because the Liver channel internal branch reaches the throat, these symptoms often come with throat sensations such as a lump, or difficulty swallowing or speaking.
The list of syndromes above hardly mentions the genitals, to which an important branch of this luo-connecting channel extends. Many genital problems can be helped by knowing how this luo works. (Of course a number of other channels reach the genitals so they must be considered too.)
They include symptoms of Damp-Heat, as already mentioned, but also of deficiency of Liver Blood, for example, for which symptoms might include weak erections.
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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