Liver 14 is the fourteenth and last point along the main acupuncture channel of the Liver and is:
I was taught two ways of finding this point. They are close to one another but definitely different points, although they do seem to work in similar ways.
However, because people have different body shapes, the second location is not always so easy to be sure of (despite it being shown to me very often!). However, I prefer it – when I can locate it accurately.
When in need of treatment, it is nearly always sore on palpation.
For 1/ above: Insert the needle obliquely, not perpendicularly, up to 1 cun max. If you insert perpendicularly, you may puncture the pleura and cause a pneumothorax.
For 2/ above: insert perpendicularly or obliquely up to 1 cun. Too deep and you could damage underlying tissues.
Local to the point. Sometimes upwards towards the nipple.
Moxa: up to 5 cones.
Used as the Exit point, Liver 14 can ease the flow along all the channels being at the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next.
(Explanation of what I mean by the end of one cycle … Every 24 hours energy is said to travel round the entire acupuncture channel circuit, commencing with the first point on the Lung channel at the top of the chest – Lung 1, Zhongfu, Middle Mansion – and ending at this point, Liver 14 in the lower part of the chest.
Hence the name of the point Qimen – Cycle Gate.)
Naturally, this means that between one circuit and the next the Qi must travel through the lungs, using which our very first breath denotes life and gives hope and joy to our parents.
The time of day, per the Chinese Clock, when this is said to occur is approximately 3am. This is a time renowned for a tendency towards anxious thoughts about life, if not depression and sadness, both of which are often implicated in both Liver and Lung syndromes.)
I find Liver 14 often excellent for Lung problems caused by anger and frustration, when I might use it with Lung 1.
For liver organ disease or where the liver organ seems lethargic, I might use it with the Liver entry point, Liver 1 when it sometimes helps people renew their faith in life.
Hence, perhaps, the translation into English of its name ‘Gate of Hope‘. This gives additional insight to the spirit of the point.
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