Find the adductor longus muscle by asking your patient to spread wide his/her legs. The large tendon/muscle that is most obvious on the medial surface is the adductor longus muscle. The point lies just anterior to it.
Put another way, it is 3 cun inferior to Stomach 30, anterior to the adductus longus muscle.
NB Be careful not to pierce the femoral artery which lies anterior to the point.
Needling Liver 10
Perpendicularly or obliquely to the skin surface, up to 1.5 cun.
Needle Sensation at Liver 10
Needling Liver 10 produces a local distending sensation that may extend towards the knee. A mild ‘moving’ sensation may be felt in the hypochondria on the same side as the needle.
Moxa: up to 5x. However, before doing so, be aware of the main function of the point, see below, to clear Heat (and Damp).
Regulates the lower Jiao (the abdominal area inferior to the umbilicus)
Better at clearing Damp-Heat than Damp-Cold with conditions such as:
… urine retention, painful urination
… eczema or itching of the genitals
… swollen testes
… distension in the abdomen
… sinus (in the face/head) pain and inflammation
Eases local pain in the thigh, such as on the Liver or Gallbladder channels
Comment on Liver 10
As mentioned, this point is not much used – at least by me! Perhaps that’s because I don’t see many cases of Damp-Heat in the genitals or with urine retention or pain nowadays. (I’ve no doubt they exist, but people in Scotland with those conditions usually expect their Doctor to manage such a condition with medication.)