Liver 3 (Taichong/Great Rushing) is a very popular acupuncture point that I use everyday in my Chicago acupuncture practice. It is often a sensitive point when rubbed or needled so many of my patients ask me what that point is used for. You might want to see if you find the point sensitive on yourself. It is located on the top of the foot in a depression between the first and second metatarsal bones. You can get some guidance from the above picture of Liver 3 . The reason Liver 3 is used frequently in spite of the sensitivity is because it is a terrifically useful point.
Liver 3 – A Wonderful Acupuncture Point
Liver 3 is wonderful for insomnia, PMS, to move qi, ease irritability, relieve headache pain, treat eye problems and much more. This acupoint was used in a research study where, after needling the spot, researchers watched the brain using an MRI to see if and how it responded to the acupuncture. Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot, Liver 3 and Stomach 44 with a nearby sham acupuncture point and found that both Liver 3 and Stomach 44 consistently elicited specific brain responses. When Liver 3 was stimulated, it activated the visual cortex and other areas of the brain that affect the central nervous system. Pretty cool!
Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at www.tcm007.com.
*Image of “Liver 3” via Shutterstock