LV 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

LV 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LV 3" , 太沖, is represented by "Tai Chong" in pinyin and "Great Surge" in english and may be found:

On the dorsum of the foot in a depression distal to the junctions of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • 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.


Lv 3 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore lv 3 functional groupings theory - Shokanten - Nine Continent and/or YuanLuo, or read all point categories and related theory.

While not necessarily valid clinically, SP 3 (SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with …) and ST 43 (Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - wi…) are nearby.

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