Acupuncture Point Liver 3 LV3

Liver 3: An Acupoint to Get the Qi Moving

Liver 3 (Tai Chong or Supreme Rushing) is another common acupuncture point that I regularly use in my Clinic. It’s among my favourite points to use as it’s one of the ‘Four Gates’, so great for enabling Qi to move more freely around the body. This relieves pain and upset, as the Qi isn’t allowed to stagnate.

LV3 is a very calming point, for those who’ve read previous posts about the Chinese 5 Elements, you’ll remember that the Liver is Wood and the latter’s emotion is anger.

Fertility acupuncture patients may have noticed that I often use this point during your treatment. This is because one function of the Liver is to store blood so this, in part, relates it to the menstrual cycle. I also like to use LV3 for eye problems and headaches too.

N.B. LV3 is considered safe during pregnancy however, as your acupuncturist will be able to locate the exact position, I recommend that my patients consult with me before using any acupressure points once pregnant or if you think you may be pregnant.

You can try this point yourself by using acupressure at its location between the first and second metatarsals on the top of the foot. If you run your finger along the space between the big toe and the second toe, you’ll find a slight dip where the metatarsals meet. Press down lightly with your index or middle finger and use a gentle circling motion over the point highlighted in green on our picture. Do this for between 30 seconds to 2 minutes to get the Qi moving.

I hope this acupressure technique is helpful, please pass on the information to friends and family members.

If you’d like to explore further treatment with acupuncture, please give The Mitchell Hill Clinic – Acupuncture & Natural Health Centre in Truro a call on 01872 274774 or visit our website to book online: I also offer free 15 minute consultations should you wish to find out how acupuncture may help you.

Best wishes,

Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK – Member of the British Acupuncture Council

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