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.

The primary diagnostic signs for liver wind involve

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

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "liver wind" 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 wind is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

  • acupuncture for eye and vision problems - treatment protocols
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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:

  • EX Xiao Chan Xue (Stop Tremor Point)
    1.5 cun distal from HT 3
    Extra point used for arm tremors of any nature - parkinsons…
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  • EX Xinming 1 ()
    Midpoint of the skin folds posterior to the earlobe, 5 fen …
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • EX Xinming 2 ()
    At the depression 1 cun above the external end of eyebrow a…
    Xinming points were discovered by clinicians in the 70's. …
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  • LU 11 (Lesser Shang)
    .1 cun posterior to the thumb nail on the radial side.
    Extreme sore throat (may bleed point to reduce heat). Revi…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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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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  • ST 1 (Tear Container)
    Below the pupil, between the eyeball and the infraorbital r…
    Any eye issue, although ST 2 is a good alternative and argu…
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  • ST 3 (Great Bone-Hole)
    Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of th…
    Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the …
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  • ST 4 (Earth Granary)
    Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mout…
    Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal ne…
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  • ST 5 (Great Reception)
    Anterior to the angle of the mandible on the anterior borde…
    Local point - Pain a/or swelling of the cheek/jaw, neck pai…
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  • ST 6 (Jawbone)
    One finger width anterior and superior to the angle of the …
    Eliminate wind from the face - TMJ, toothache, Bell's palsy…
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  • ST 7 (Below the Joint)
    On the face, anterior to the ear, in a depression between t…
    TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing issues, dea…
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  • ST 8 (Head Corner)
    Directly above ST 7, .5 cun within the anterior hairline at…
    Classically mentioned for "splitting headache; headache w/n…
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  • ST 42 (Surging Yang)
    Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and the cuneiform bone,…
    Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mouth/face/hea…
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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  • 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 (inte…
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  • UB 2 (Bamboo Gathering)
    On the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner …
    Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. Red, itchy…
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  • UB 3 (Eyebrow Ascension)
    .5 cun inside the anterior hairline, directly above UB 2, b…
    Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction. Epilepsy, ag…
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  • UB 4 (Deviating Turn)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 24, or .5 cun inside the AHL at the j…
    Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. Headaches, p…
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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 6 (Light Guard)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 5 or 2.5 cun above AHL and 1.5 cun …
    Local point generally for headaches and vision issues - cle…
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  • UB 9 (Jade Pillow)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 17 or 2.5 cun above the PHL, 1.3 cun …
    Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, head…
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  • UB 10 (Celestial Pillar)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 15 in a depression or .5 cun above th…
    Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital head…
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  • UB 41 (Attached Branch)
    3 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T2, on the spinal …
    Useful for dispelling cold and wind from the upper back and…
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