Liver Fire

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver Fire TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for liver fire.

The primary diagnostic signs for liver fire involve

Tongue: Red, dry w/yellow coat, possibly redder along the LV/GB area.
Pulse: Wiry, full, rapid.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "liver fire" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, liver fire is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

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    Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 2 (Front Valley)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the crease, …
    Local point for pain, swelling, numbness of the fingers.  A…
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  • SI 8 (Small Sea)
    Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial ep…
    Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakne…
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  • UB 5 (Fifth Place)
    .5 cun behind UB 4 or 1 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun later…
    Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilepsy, yang a…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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