LV 3 Acupuncture Point - Tai Chong - Liver Meridian

  • Chinese Name Tai Chong
  • English Name Great Surge
     
  • Location: On the dorsum of the foot in a depression distal to the junctions of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.
     
  • Point Associations:
  • Shu Stream Point
  • Earth Point
  • Yuan Source Point
     
  • Actions & Effects:
  • Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin - balancing for all LV pathologies.
  • LV Qi Stagnation / LV Yang Rising - headaches, dizziness, canker sores.
  • Eye issues - blurred vision, red, swollen, painful eyes.
  • Menstrual issues from Deficient Blood, Yin, Qi a/or LV Qi Stagnation - dysmennorrhea, amenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness.
  • Genital issues - pain/swelling, hernia, impotence, semianl emission.
  • Stagnation in the middle warmer - subcostal tension, chest/flank pain, swellings in the axillary region.
  • Digestive issues from LV attacking ST/SP - nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea w/ undigested food.
  • Calming point - anger, irritability, insomnia, anxiety.
  • With LI 4, four gates treatment - powerfully effects the flow of Qi and Blood in the body.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Important point to descend energy in the body, generally used after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Helps to avoid qi gong sickness (or running fire) where energy is stuck in the upper part of the head/body and causes issues such as shortness of breath, psychological issues, headache, etc.
     
  • Liver Meridian Points (14):
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Harstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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