Liver Lv

Liver Lv

Ba Gua
Primary Function
The Liver is considered the general of the army – plans and directs blood and qi. It relates particularly to the smooth flow of blood and qi. It also moistens and stores the blood, revitalising the blood. The blood resides in the liver at night. If the blood is not moistened the tendons dry out, and you tend to get brittle nails and dry eyes. It terms of menstrual flow – bright and heavy usually indicates hot liver blood; if light deficient liver blood; if irregular, dark and clotted stagnant Liver blood (also likely to be suppressing emotions).
Areas / Symptoms
Pubic region lateral costal area vertex of head
Brief Psychology
AngerStuckfrustrationperfectionistfocussed on doing rather than beingPushingYieldingVision of self
TCM Muscles
Primary functions
Stores the blood Free flow of qiDominates the sinewsOpens in to the eyesManifests the nails
Begins at lateral aspect of big toe, runs along foot to Lv4, ascends up the medial aspect of the leg, intersects the Spleen channel at Sp6 where it runs anterior to the spleen channel and then crosses again runs posterior to the spleen channel to the knee and medial thigh, runs to the pubic region via Sp12 and Sp13 where it encircles the genitals, enters the abdomen, intersects Cv2, 3 and 4, continues up, curves around the stomach, enters the liver and gall bladder, crosses the diaphragm, spreads in the chest, ascends to the neck, throat and tissues surrounding the eye, runs up to Gv20. A branch descends from the eyes to the inner surface of the lips. Another branch spreads in the lung and intersects Pc1.
6 Channel Partner
Divergent Channel
Separates at foot, ascends to genitals and converges with gall bladder primary channel
Luo Connecting Channel
Separates at Lv5, connects with GB and ascends to genitals
Sinew Channel
Originates on the big toe, binds to the anterior aspect of the medial malleolus, proceeds to the genitals
Channel Meeting points
Sp6, Sp12, Sp13, Cv2, Cv3, Cv4, Pc1, Gv20
Time of Day
1am to 3am
Negative Aspects
anger belligerent timid frustrated low self esteem arrogant humble determined resigned
Positive Aspects
self-esteem vision planning benevolent patient

Cutaneous region


Key aspects

  • Connects with pubic region
  • Responsible for vision, blurred vision, spots before eyes, dry and red eyes are all Lv conditions
  • Responsible for smooth flow of qi (ie. biorhythms)
  • When stressed Lv qi stagnates and we get angry, frustrated and suffer pain and stiffness
  • Any symptom that is worse with stress: the liver is involved
  • Stagnation generates heat – can affect the head (unclear thinking or headaches)
  • Stagnation generates tiredness first thing in the morning
  • Stores the blood – hence important for menstruation, nails, hair, dryness of eyes and lips
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Lv 3 generalised pain and stress point

Acupuncture Points

PointSpecial PointBalancesBalance for:
Spirit PointJing WellWood Point
original nature false self self esteem true self true natureVirtue Negative Aspects of Self intimacy openness warm protected spontaneous control connection propriety (appropriate action) self mastery social interaction propriety external connection balance understanding of others understood by others discernment communication insight receptive valuable connected with heaven acting rightly pure inspired self worth letting go acknowledged alone sufficiency - having enough non-attached wisdom to treat myself well wisdom overcoming fear will driven clever able to rest full of life concentration focus meeting needs inside integrating myself into the wider world altruism reciprocity adaptability nourished understand myself true giving integrity interested in others adaptable giving and receiving self-esteem vision planning benevolent patient free flexible choice guarded vulnerable isolated unsafe betrayed hurt pained controllingJing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationrageFearfreezeshockfrightpleasurefightflightSeat of personal power Confidence How we see ourselves Clearing heat restoring consciousness rescuing collapse excess and heat from distal end of channel Stagnation and fullness in chest Disorders of the spirit
Key PointYing SpringFire Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationrageFearfreezeshockfrightpleasurefightflightHeat in body Diseases of the yang channels zang pathogens along channel and at distal end
Key PointShu StreamYuan PointEarth Point
QiLingJing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationEmotionsChoicesResentmentFrustrationOriginal QiHeadache Headache and speech Sinews arms hand skin Digestion Skin throat cold Speech anger eating Lumber pain stiffness of bones and sinews Constipation lumber pain knee Short breath groaning cramps Hip and leg pain Knee and leg Vision fright fits walkingaspiration vs expectations fixed goals new chapter and hope aspiration expectations connection to heart aspirationsstressdigestionimproving digestionstress affecting digestionliver invading spleenSeat of personal power Confidence How we see ourselvesFor Yin channels – for tonifying and harmonising their respective zang yin organsFor yang channels – treat disorders of their channel (not the fu) Heaviness of the body and pain of the joints Intermittent diseases such as malaria
Jing RiverMetal Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationrecovery of the lost selflost selfjinginternal selfcore selfspiritfatigueshed fictional selfshed maskre-establishing connection with spiritliving our truthaspiration vs expectations fixed goals new chapter and hope aspiration expectations connection to heart aspirationsShort breath and asthma Speech and voice Sinews and bones
Luo Point
EmotionsPlanningChangingStubbornStuckAngeraspiration vs expectations fixed goals new chapter and hope aspiration expectations connection to heart aspirationsQi Flow
pain acute conditionsaspiration vs expectations fixed goals new chapter and hope aspiration expectations connection to heart aspirationsSeat of personal power Confidence How we see ourselves
He SeaWater Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationDisorders of the stomach and intestines Eating and drinking Points on knee influence the fu (yang organs) Skin disorders
fixed perspectives expectations overly focused re-evaluation failure fear of failure inaction due to fear of failure intuitive solutions
Key PointAlarm PointFront-Mu Point
Emotions unblock our creativity writers block lack of change let go of old traumas move forwarddeficiency excess diagnosis treatmentlet go of old traumasmove forwardweighed downfeeling wrongedinjusticeunblock our creativitybalancing parts of bodybody systems Yin organs yang organs qi lung qi heart qi sinews tightness muscle pain joint pain blood vessels blood flow neck pain back pain spine pain lumber pain weakness contraction in limbs pain in limbsSeat of personal power Confidence How we see ourselvesstressdigestionimproving digestionstress affecting digestionliver invading spleenqizangyinfuyangbloodSinewsmusclesvesselsbonemarrowbrain
Alarm PointFront-Mu Point
Emotions deficiency excess diagnosis treatmentplan for future hope expectations balance growth adapt respond to hurdles changeSeat of personal power Confidence How we see ourselvesQi Flow