Liver Wind

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver Wind TCM Pattern Connections

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

Liver Wind is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as athetosis, athlete's foot (tinea pedis), blepharitis, blepharospasm, coma, convulsions, dermatitis, dizziness (vertigo), eczema, epilepsy (seizure), furuncles (boils), gout, headache, heat stroke, hemiplegia, herpes, hypertension (high blood pressure), meniere's disease, mumps, neuritis, numbness, otitis media, parkinson's disease (pd), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (ra), sciatica, scleroderma, stroke (cva), stuttering, and/or tremor.

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Red, stiff w/thick yellow coat.
Pulse: Wiry, rapid, full.

Treatment approaches are often 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.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

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 wind is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

Related Acupuncture Points

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:

  • View EX Xiao Chan Xue (Stop Tremor Point)

        1.5 cun distal from HT 3

        Extra point used for arm tremors of any nature - parkinsons, familiar tremors, emotional tremors, etc.
  • View EX Xinming 1 ()

        Midpoint of the skin folds posterior to the earlobe, 5 fen anterior-superior to TH 17.

        Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. A range of eye disease, macular edema, degeneration, glaucoma, etc. Facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, and other facial spasms (wind).
  • View EX Xinming 2 ()

        At the depression 1 cun above the external end of eyebrow and 5 fen lateral.

        Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. A range of eye disease, macular edema, degeneration, glaucoma, etc. Facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, and other facial spasms (wind).
  • View LU 11 (Lesser Shang)

        .1 cun posterior to the thumb nail on the radial side.

        Extreme sore throat (may bleed point to reduce heat). Revival point especially from wind-stroke.
  • View SI 3 (Back Ravine)

        When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal palmar crease proximal to the 5th metacarpal phalangeal joint…

        Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in the scapula, arm a/or hand combine with local points. Stiff neck, cervical strain/sprain, pain of the back or neck. Occipital headaches, combine with local points. Night sweats, c…
  • View SI 8 (Small Sea)

        Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, found with the elbow flexed.

        Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakness - channel issues with excess wind a/or heat. Submandibular region swelling or pain, toothache, gums, cheek, neck, scapula, axilla. Epilepsy  
  • View ST 1 (Tear Container)

        Below the pupil, between the eyeball and the infraorbital ridge.

        Any eye issue, although ST 2 is a good alternative and arguably safer to needle. Excessive lacrimation, redness, dryness, painful a/or itchy eyes/eyelids, twitching of the eyelids. Visual disturbances, night blindness.
  • View ST 3 (Great Bone-Hole)

        Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of the border of the ala nasi.

        Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the cheek, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache. Deviation from stroke, bell's palsy, facial paralysis. Swelling of the knee (Deadman text).
  • View ST 4 (Earth Granary)

        Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mouth.

        Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, deviation of mouth from stroke, toothache. Inability to close the eye, eye twitching, itching, night blindness. Inability to eat. May be helpful for atrophy and/or move…
  • View ST 5 (Great Reception)

        Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior border of the masseter muscle in a groove-like depression (facial…

        Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pain, lockjaw, toothache. Stiff tongue leading to speech problems, frequent yawning. Inability to close eye.
  • View ST 6 (Jawbone)

        One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the mandible at the belly of the masseter muscle with teeth clen…

        Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy, twitching, facial pain/paralysis. Loss of voice, deviation of mouth/face, lockjaw.
  • View ST 7 (Below the Joint)

        On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch, with mouth close…

        TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing issues, deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, ear discharge/infections.
  • View ST 8 (Head Corner)

        Directly above ST 7, .5 cun within the anterior hairline at the corner of the forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to the midline …

        Classically mentioned for "splitting headache; headache w/nausea/vomiting; headache w/eye pain (migraine)" - particularly for frontal headaches. Poor vision, twitching eyelids, eye pain, excessive tearing. Dizziness. Hair loss.
  • View ST 42 (Surging Yang)

        Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and the cuneiform bone, between the tendons of the long extensor muscles of the big…

        Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mouth/face/head) - upper mouth/teeth issues, toothache, deviation of the face as in bell's palsy or stroke. Local point for foot pain - pain, swelling, redness - also motor control issues of th…
  • View ST 45 (Severe Mouth)

        .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral side of the 2nd toe.

        Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and organ - headaches, toothaches, facial pain, sore throat, TMJ, bell's palsy, facial deviation from stroke. Agitation a/or insomnia w/heat signs, excessive dreaming, loss of consciousne…
  • View UB 1 (Bright Eyes)

        In a depression, .1 cun above the inner canthus of the eye.

        Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (internal or external), excess, a/or heat. Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc. Myopia, color blindness, night blindness. Glaucoma, optic nerv…
  • View UB 2 (Bamboo Gathering)

        On the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner canthus of the eye (on the supraorbital notch).

        Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. Red, itchy, watery eyes - allergies. Use in facial massage for headaches with GB 20, ST 8, LI 4, and UB 60. Glaucoma, night blindness, blurry and/or weak vision. Generally, needle towards…
  • View UB 3 (Eyebrow Ascension)

        .5 cun inside the anterior hairline, directly above UB 2, between GV 24 and UB 4.

        Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction. Epilepsy, agitation of the heart (possibly resulting in mania or excessive giddiness).
  • View UB 4 (Deviating Turn)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 24, or .5 cun inside the AHL at the junction of the medial 1/3 and lateral 2/3's distance between…

        Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. Headaches, particularly frontal/sinus, eye pain, vision issues (dimness, blurry). Nasal polyps, nosebleeds, allergies, rhinitis.
  • View UB 5 (Fifth Place)

        .5 cun behind UB 4 or 1 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML or 1.5 cun lateral to GV 23.

        Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilepsy, yang ascension issues (manic episodes, dizziness, etc.) Sinus congestion, stuffy head.
  • View UB 6 (Light Guard)

        1.5 cun posterior to UB 5 or 2.5 cun above AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML.

        Local point generally for headaches and vision issues - clears heat and wind. Headaches particularly with visual dizziness. Visual issues - blurry vision. Wind-heat conditions when there is no sweating - vomiting, nasal discharge, etc. …
  • View UB 9 (Jade Pillow)

        1.3 cun lateral to GV 17 or 2.5 cun above the PHL, 1.3 cun lateral to the PML in depression level with GV 17.

        Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, headaches from wind. Occipital headaches and/or neck pain, heavy head. Eye pain and/or redness, blurry vision. Unbalanced temperature/sweating - cold sensation in head with sweats, …
  • View UB 10 (Celestial Pillar)

        1.3 cun lateral to GV 15 in a depression or .5 cun above the PHL and 1.3 cun lateral to the PML on the lateral aspect o…

        Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital headache. For stiffness on one-side of the neck combine with SI 3 on the same side & GB 39 on the opposite side.  Upper back pain and/or shoulder pain. Clears wind and relieves ex…
  • View UB 41 (Attached Branch)

        3 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T2, on the spinal border of the scapula. Lateral to UB 12.

        Useful for dispelling cold and wind from the upper back and neck - neck pain, shoulder problems, arm and/or elbow issues. 

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