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OK - so this point, Liver 7 Xiguan Knee Border or Gate, may not be the most important point on your Liver Channel but it still has its uses.
I know of three ways of describing the location of Liver 7:
Each of these locations points you to a slightly different place although the first and third are pretty close to one another. I prefer the third, mainly because that is where it is often sore on palpation and it seems to do the job.
Needle this vertically to the skin surface, to a depth of up to 1 cun: then angle it up the leg a little or towards the area of need.
Depending on which direction the needle points after insertion and angling it, the sensation may be felt in the calf, the knee or upwards, though I find this point hard to direct Qi from up the channel.
Probably someone with superior technique would be able to do it - but someone with superior technique might choose another, easier, point!
Moxa up to 5 cones.
Symptoms for which this point might be appropriate include:
Xiguan is mostly used for pain and discomfort near the point. However, like many points around or inferior to the knee, it has uses elsewhere.
There is no reason why this point should not also benefit other places 'ruled' by or along the channel of the Liver, such as the abdomen, hypochondria and, as you see, it is known to benefit the throat.
What kind of throat problem might it most help with? Probably the plumstone sensation, being the feeling of your throat being obstructed by a plumstone, which usually occurs when emotionally upset or challenged.
I think, also, that because the point is so beneficial for the knee, which is 'ruled' by the Kidney energy, that this point might be good for dryness and a sensation of constriction arising from Kidney Yin deficiency.
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
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