LIV13 (Liver 13) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Zhangmen
English Name: Chapter Door

Location: On the lateral side of the abdomen, below the free end of the eleventh rib.


Front-Mu point of the Spleen, one of the Eight Meeting Points: For the Zang.


Promotes the Spleens transforming and transporting functions, major point for Liver invades Spleen, promotes the function of the Liver and spreads stagnant Liver Qi, quickens the blood and transforms stasis, relives food stagnation.

Primary Indications:

Vomiting, Spleen and stomach Xu: poor digestion/poor appetite, aching and pain in throacic and lumbar back/sides and ribs.

Tertiary Indications:

Abdominal distension, borborygmus, abdominal mass, diarrhoea, milky lin, jaundice, hepatitis/enlargement of liver and spleen, cough/dyspnoea, cardiac pain with vomiting, lack of energy with cold limbs.

Other Indications:

Sabre scrofula, palpitations, fear, irascibility, heat vexation with no pleasure in eating, fever with dry mouth and anorexia, intolerable heat in chest and stomach, gastrospasm, little pig running sensation in abdomen, swollen spleen and pancreas in wasting disease in infants, haematuria, hernia, foetal pressure causing an inability to urinate, stiffnessof spine, stone water swelling, inability to raise arms and shoulders, twitching of the body.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Liver channel:

(LIV1, LIV2, LIV3, LIV4, LIV5, LIV6, LIV7, LIV8, LIV9, LIV10, LIV11, LIV12, LIV13, LIV14)

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