( LIV-3 Great Rushing TAICHONG - Acupuncture Points ) On the dorsum of the foot, between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones, in the depression proximal to the metatarsophalangeal joints and the proximal angle between the two bones.
How to find
From the web between the 1st and 2nd toes, palpate proximally past the metatarsophalangeal joints and along the groove between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones, until you reach the widest and deepest part of the groove. There, locate LIV-3, which is often sensitive to pressure. To double-check: When continuing to palpate along the groove, it will become more narrow and shallow again.
Located in a similar position on the hand is ➞ L.I.-4 (between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones).
Vertically or slightly obliquely 0.5–1 cun. Caution during pregnancy.
● Spreads Liver Qi, clears the head, benefits the eyes, nourishes Liver Blood and Liver Yin, calms spasms, alleviates pain, regulates menstruation and the Lower Burner
● Eliminates (internal) Wind, pacifies Liver Yang
Yuan-source point, shu-stream point, Earth point, Ma Dan Yang Heavenly Star point (later added by Xu Feng). Major point for spreading Liver Qi.
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