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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.
Harmonises Liver and Stomach
Spreads Liver qi where Liver Qi stagnates, as often in:
Exit Point for the Liver
Used as the Exit point, it 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. Naturally, this means that between one circuit and the next the Qi must travel through the Lungs, our very first breath using which 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, 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 this point 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'.
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
|Liver-10||Zuwuli||Leg Five Miles|
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Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
Three Reviews so far. (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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