Liver 3

wood acupressure stick with essential oilsAcupressure point Liver 3 is undoubtedly one of the most used acupuncture points! This is because Liver Qi Stagnation is pervasive in our culture with all of the pressures that modern life brings and acupressure Liver 3 is a major point for resolving Liver Congestion.

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General Acupressure Directions-Video

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Other Name(s):

  • Taichong
  • Bigger Rushing
  • Supreme Rushing
  • Great Rushing
  • Great Surge
  • Great Thoroughfare
  • Large Surge
  • Supreme Assault

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications:

  • Yuan or Source Point
  • Earth Point
  • Point of Summer
  • Shu or Stream Point
  • Heavenly Star Point

Location: Between the tendons of the big toe and second toe on the top of the foot in the depression just distal to the junction of the first and second metatarsal bones

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations

Four Gates

Acupressure point Liver 3 and acupressure point Large Intestine 4 are often combined in a treatment referred to as “The 4 Gates” which helps to move Blood and Qi throughout the body and the channels. Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Liver 3 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the tonification method (clockwise motion)

Pain Relief

When suffering with pain apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Liver 3 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and add in acupressure points along the associated channels where the pain is located. Also consider our topical Chinese herbal remedies for pain relief found here!

Emotional Imbalances

For emotional upset marked with frustration or anger, apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Liver 3 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Pericardium 7 and acupressure point Heart 7 and the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Stomach 36 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) ) and consider using our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula

Gynecological Conditions

In the case of menstrual disorders and/or infertility due to Liver Qi Stagnation such as PCOS, PMS, Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and/or irregular menstrual bleeding apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Liver 3 using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Pericardium 6, and the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Spleen 4, and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and add in acupressure points specific to the condition

Headaches

In cases of chronic headaches apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Liver 3 and acupressure point Gallbladder 41 and the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Large Intestine 4using the reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and consider using our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula

 

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.

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