Liver 3 (Tai Chong or Supreme Rushing): One Acupoint of the ‘Four Gates’ great for enabling Qi to move more freely around the body. Relieves pain and upset, as the Qi isn’t allowed to stagnate. LV3 is a very calming point, as the Liver is Wood and the latter’s emotion is anger.

The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:

  • Acupuncture Point: Liver 3 (LR 3, LR3)
  • Chinese Name: Tai Chong
  • English Name: Great Rushing
  • Location: Just distal to the junction of the bases of the 1st and 2nd metatarsals.
  • LR3-line
  • Attributes: Shu-Stream, Yuan-Source and Earth point of the Liver channel. Ma Dan-yang Heavenly Star point.
  • TCM Actions: Extinguishes liver Fire and clears liver yang; discharges damp-heat in the lower burner; soothes the liver; rectifies qi; courses the connecting vessels and quickens the blood.
  • Indications: Metrorrhagia; hernia; enuresis; urinary stoppage; pain immediately anterior to the medial malleolus; distention ofthe lateral costal region; wryness of the mouth; infantile fright wind; epilepsy patterns; headache; dizziness; insomnia.
  • Secondary Indications: Genital pain; genital retraction; saber and pearl-string lumps; fright wind; swill diarrhea; sore throat; dryness of the upper esophageal opening; lateral knee pain; weakness and aching in the lower leg; red, painful eyes; lumbar pain; lower abdominal fullness; pain in the umbilical region; cold feet; difficult evacuation; jaundice; thunderous rumbling in the abdomen; counterflow retching with no food intake; strangury; vacuity taxation edema; profuse, incessant postpartum perspiration; absence of menstruation.
  • Needle Information: Perpendicular insertion .3 – .5 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.

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