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The Liver channel describes where your Liver acupuncture meridian runs. Many parts of its pathway are reached via Liver acupuncture points. In other places the channel runs deep inside your body and is affected by points on other channels. (Click to find out about acupuncture points.)
At least two of the most used and important points in regular use lie on it. However, the Liver being so important for health in Chinese medicine, a case could be made for some of its other points too. The Liver often figures in acupuncture for depression, for example.
For what the Liver does in Chinese medicine, click on Liver functions.
If you are more interested in how in Chinese medicine the Liver mis-functions click on Liver syndromes.
|Liver-8||Ququan||Spring at the Bend|
|Liver-10||Zuwuli||Leg Five Miles|
The pathway shown by acupuncture points in red in the picture is only half the picture. Like all acupuncture channels, the Liver channel also has internal branches.
The Primary channel of the Liver is bilateral and
The Liver luo-connecting channel commences from Liver 5 on the lower leg, connects to the Gallbladder channel and ascends to the genitals.
The Liver Divergent channel starts from the area of Liver 1 on the big toe and ascends to the pubic area. There it converges with the Gall Bladder primary channel.
From this you can see that the Liver channel has connections with various organs and locations, including the
and directly connects with the
Any of these organs or areas of the body may be affected when Liver qi or Liver Blood is out of balance. For example, when you accidentally bite the cheeks inside your mouth, probably your Liver zang wasn’t working quite right!
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