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Liver 3 Taichong is one of the greatest acupuncture points. Taichong lies on the Liver acupuncture channel. Every serious acupuncturist needs to know how and when to use it. It is probably over-used! There are many other Liver channel points that may be more suitable when you understand them.
On that channel it is the Liver …
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 its functions 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.
Note: many of the words used come from TCM theory, so refer to that if in doubt.
Taichong has many uses. It brings excess down from the head, it steadies, calms and reduces pain, and it can harmonise problems in the abdomen.
So Liver 3 can be used in many situations. It can be both a strengthening, 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 pops out and stops your kettle from working, if you allowed 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 mai vessel makes it a major point for Chong mai vessel problems.
Acupuncturists 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|