LIV3 (Liver 3) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Taichong
English Name: Great Rushing

Location: In the depression distal to the juncton of the first and second metatarsals.


Shu-Stream of the Liver channel, Yuan-Source point of the Liver channel.


7th of Ma Dan Yang's 12 stars, spreads stagnant liver Qi, subdues rising Liver Yang, clears fire from the Liver, extinguishes Liver wind, regulates the blood, stops pain, sedative action, clears damp-heat from the lower jiao.

Primary Indications:

Uterine bleeding, hernia, urinary incontinence, lin syndrome, urinary retention, pain in internal aspect of ankle.

Secondary Indications:

Infantile convulsions.

Tertiary Indications:

Headache, dizziness with blurred vision, facial paralysis (deviation of mouth), pain/fullness in sides, epilepsy, sore throat, cold limbs, low back pain, eye pain, pain/retraction of genitals, post-partum perspiration, axillary adenitis, breast abscess/mastitis, vomiting/haematemesis, diarrhoea, abdominal pain/cramps, depression.

Other Indications:

Pale face and eyes, dry throat with thirst, dryness of upper oesophageal opening, swelling of lips, facial oedema, hypertension, thrombocytopenia, yin tuberculosis, difficult evacuation, lower abdomnal fullness, dyspepsia, thunderous rumblings in the abdomen, hepatitis, jaundice, nephritis, haematuria, ejaculation does not stop during coitus, irregular menstruation, absence of menstruation, incessant vaginal discharge in girls, sudden hernia in children, plague and epidemc diseases in general, vacuity taxation oedema, soreness of joints of the extremities, gout, neuralgia of chest, flanks and loins, pain in shoulder/arm and vertebral column, swelling of shoulder, insensitivity of ends of fingers, lateral knee pain, weakness and aching in the lower leg, muscle spasm.


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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