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Liver 3 Taichong is one of the greatest acupuncture points. Every serious acupuncturist needs to know how and when to use it. It lies on the Liver acupuncture channel. On that channel it is the ...
Because of how it works in practice, and because its name contains 'chong', it strongly affects the Chong mo vessel.
By the way, if you are more interested in what this important organ does in terms of Western medicine, click Liver.
On the dorsum surface of the foot, in the angle between the first and second metatarsal bones.
Needle it vertically or slightly towards Kidney 1. There is often a large pulse near the point.
Depth 1.5 - 2 cun.
Moxa: 3 cones
Stimulus is often felt up to the ankle and down to the toes.
This point has many uses, not least in bringing excess down from the head, in steadying, calming and reducing pain, and in harmonising problems in the abdomen.
As you'll see from the following, this point can be used in many situations. It can be both a strengthening and a smoothing or draining point. For instance,
So, use it for Liver syndromes or channel conditions, eg...
Liver 3 Taichong is one of the points that you can think of as a 're-set' button. If you have an electric kettle, you may be familiar with this button, which jumps out, stopping the kettle from working, if you allow it to overheat - such as by turning it on with no water in it.
Ideally it calms you down for long enough to take stock and live your life more calmly, taking better decisions because you perceive your situation more clearly.
It works on both Liver Qi and Blood, and on the Gallbladder.
Its connection with the Chong mo vessel makes it a major point for Chong mo vessel problems.
I often use this point if a patient is new to acupuncture and anxious about treatment, or anxious about their health and not sure that acupuncture will make any difference.
After such a treatment, they feel calmer, steadier, a little 'spaced' out sometimes, but usually able to view their situation more objectively.
Of course, it will almost certainly have eased any pains they have, especially if combined with other points like Hegu Large intestine 4.
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
|Liver-10||Zuwuli||Leg Five Miles|
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.
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All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)
('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)
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Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.
Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow the first four for 'free'.
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.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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