Why Did You Use That Point?

Updated: Oct 19, 2019

Acupuncture Point Liver 3

Chinese/English name Tai Chong/Great Surge

Liver 3 is a point used almost everyday by the majority of acupuncturists. It’s commonly used for anxiety, stress, menstrual cramps, pain, insomnia and anxiety amongst many other symptoms. It’s one of my favourite points because of its versatility in treating many symptoms. When there is stagnation, stress or anxiety I like to combine it with Large Intestine 4, which is located in the web between the thumb and index finger. This point combination called the Four Gates help to open all of the meridians and increase circulation. On an emotional level if you’re feeling stuck this combination can definitely help to get the ball rolling. This is a great point combination to help maintain the free flow of qi and blood through our bodies. Although not as powerful as an acupuncture treatment you can try acupressure at home on these points. Using your thumb apply deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for intervals of 4-5 seconds.

Liver 3 point location from A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman

Large Intestine 4 point location image from A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman

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