Liver-Fire often derives from long-standing Liver-Qi stagnation: when Qi stagnates for a long time, it ‘implodes’ and gives rise to Heat, which can then trans- form into Fire.
Liver-Yang rising could also transform itself into Liver-Fire, especially when there are dietary aetiologi- cal factors
Irritability, propensity to outbursts of anger, tinnitus, deafness, temporal headache, dizziness, red face and eyes, thirst, bitter taste, dream-disturbed sleep, constipation with dry stools, dark-yellow urine, epistaxis, haematemesis, haemoptysis, Red tongue, redder on the sides, dry yellow coating, Full-Wiry- Rapid pulse
LIV-2 Xingjian, LIV-3 Taichong, GB-20 Fengchi, Taiyang, GB-13 Benshen, LI-11 Quchi, G.B.-1 Tongziliao, G.B.-9 Tianchong, G.B.-8 Shuaigu, G.B.-6 Xuanli, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, LIV-1 Dadun
Principle of treatment: clear the Liver, drain Fire. Acupuncture
Points: LIV-2 Xingjian, LIV-3 Taichong, GB-20 Fengchi, Taiyang, GB-13 Benshen, LI-11 Quchi, G.B.-1 Tongziliao, G.B.-9 Tianchong, G.B.-8 Shuaigu, G.B.-6 Xuanli, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, LIV-1 Dadun.
Method: reducing method, no moxa. Explanation
- – LIV-2 is the main point to use: it is specific to drain Liver-Fire.
- – LIV-3 drains the Liver.
- – GB-20 drains Liver-Fire and subdues ascending
- – Taiyang (extra point) clears Liver-Fire and is
- – GB-13 subdues ascending Liver-Yang and calms
- – L.I.-11 clears Heat.
- – G.B.-1, G.B.-9, G.B.-8 and G.B.-6 are important
- – SP-6 is used to nourish Yin, which will help to
- – LIV-1 clears the Liver and subdues rising
Liver-Qi. A very important point to use in case of
eye problems or headaches caused by Liver-Fire.
used for temporal headache.
local points for Liver-Fire ascending to the head
to be used only if there are headaches.
Liver-Yang and Liver-Fire.
Red face and eyes, a pronounced feeling of heat, a dry mouth, a bitter taste, constipation, scanty dark urine, thirst, mental agitation, dark purple spots under the skin (macules), blood in cough, vomit, urine, stools, epistaxis, Red tongue with dry yellow coating, Full-Rapid pulse
Night sweating, a feeling of heat in the chest, palms and soles, red cheekbones, a dry mouth, afternoon feeling of heat, a Red tongue without coating and a Floating-Empty and Rapid pulse