Liver 1, Dadun, is on your big toe by the nail. It’s the first point on the Liver acupuncture channel. Translating its name into English shows just how meanings have changed over the millennia.
Dadun means, according to various translations:
Because of what it does, I think it could also be Great Clarity.
Anyway, it’s definitely a Big or Great Something!
Just proximal to the lateral proximal corner of the large toenail.
Hold the toe firmly and needle perpendicularly to the skin at the point. Depth 0.1 to 0.2 cun.
The sensation is very localised: sore.
Up to three cones.
Be careful with old people or people whose sensations are dulled. If using a moxa-stick over Liver 1, you can easily burn somebody before they start to report pain.
However, moxa at Liver 1 can be very effective when a problem is due to a build up of Qi in the channel, with deficiency as a background. The moxa seems to pull energy down and unravel it, even in chronic conditions.
A pity Liver 1 Dadun is painful because it is so useful, and Liver Heat, Damp-Heat, Qi stagnation and Yang rising are so common.
But don’t forget you can also massage it. If Dadun is needed it is frequently quite sensitive so even massage can be sore. But it is effective. And moxa here can be great for many conditions, and is usually well-tolerated in small doses.
To me, it seems to clear out the Liver channel, hence my preferred name for it, Great Clarity. But don’t bother, Chinese scholars, to write to me about it. That’s just the name that helps me remember what it does. If my name for it confuses you, just call it Dadun: ‘Big Heap’!
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