LIV5 (Liver 5) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Ligou
English Name: Gourd Ditch

Location: Five cun above the tip of medial malleolus in the trough between the posterior margin of the tibia and the gastrocnemius muscle.


Luo-Connecting point of the Liver channel.


Spreads stagnant Liver Qi, clears Damp-Heat (from bladder, uterus and genitals)

Primary Indications:

Menstrual disorders: irregular menses, lin syndrome (dysuria), urinary retention, hernia, aching of shin region.

Tertiary Indications:

Vaginal discharge, flaccid paralysis of legs (wei syndrome), orchitis, enuresis, low back pain, uterine bleeding, lower abdominal pain, uterine prolapse, endometritis, priapism (excessive erection), anxiety/plum-stone throat.

Other Indications:

Impotence, sexual dysfunction, hiccough, frequent eructation, pruritus vulvae.


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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