( LIV-8 Spring at the Crook QUQUAN - Acupuncture Points ) With the knee flexed, LIV-8 is located directly proximal to the medial end of the popliteal crease, in a depression anterior to the tendons of the semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles.
How to find
LIV-8 is best located with the patient’s knee flexed and slight external rotation of the hip. First, palpate the prominent, ropey tendon of the semitendinosus muscle, which becomes more pronounced with the knee flexed. The tendon of the semimembranosus muscle lies deep to the semitendinosus and is often more difficult to isolate. With the palpating finger, glide from the tendon of the semitendinosus towards the patella. Approximately after 1 cun, you can feel a depression between the muscle bellies.
LIV-8 is located anterior to both tendons. Some authors locate LIV-8 1 cun superior and anterior to ➞ KID-10. Sensitivity to pressure should determine the location. ➞KID-10 is located approximately 1 cun in the direction of the popliteal crease and, from a medial perspective, posterior to the tendon of the semimembranosus and anterior to the tendon of the semitendinosus.
Vertically 0.5–1.5 cun
● Clears and eliminates Dampness and Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner (major action), benefits the genitals and the Uterus
● Nourishes Blood and Yin
● Moves Qi locally
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