Liver Channel of Foot- An Introduction

Liver Channel of Foot
Liver Channel of Foot

Liver Channel of Foot – Jueyin 足厥阴肝经

The Chapter “Discussion on the channels” in Miraculous Pivot says: The Liver channel of foot starts from the dorsal hair of the great toe, runs upward along the dorsum of the foot through the point, 1 cun in front of the medial malleolus, ascends to the area 8 cun above the medial malleolus when it runs across and behind the Spleen channel. Then it runs further upward to the medial side of the knee, and along the medial side of the thigh to the pubic hair region where it curves around the external genitalia and goes up to the lower abdomen. It then runs upward and curves around the stomach to enter the liver, its pertaining organ, and connects with the gallbladder. It ascends, passing through the diaphragm and branching out in the costal and hypochondriac regions. Then it ascends along the posterior aspect of the throat to the naso-pharynx and connects with the eye. Running upward, it comes out from the forehead and meets the Governor Vessel at the vertex. The branch arising from the eye runs downward into the cheek and curves around the inner surface of the lips. The branch arising from the liver passes through the diaphragm, runs upward into the lung.

Summary of Indications: Disease of the liver and gallbladder, gynecological and genital diseases and conditions along the pathway of the channel.

Liver Channel of Foot with Name and Indication:

­­No.     Name            Location
LR1Dadun大敦On the lateral side of the big toe, approximately 0.1 cun from the corner of the nail.
 

LR2

 

Xingjian 行间

On the dorsum of the foot, proximal to the margin of the web between the 1st and 2nd toes

 

 

LR3

 

Taichong 太冲

On the dorsum of the foot, in the depression distal to the junction of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.

 

 

LR4

Zhongfeng

中封

1 cun anterior to the medial mallelous, in the depression of the medial border of the tendon of medial tibilais anterior, between shangqiu(SP5) and Jiexi(ST4).
 

LR5

 

Ligou 蠡沟

5 cun above the tip of medial mallelous , in the centre of the medial aspect of the tibia.
 

LR6

 

Zhongdu 中都

7 cun above the tip of medial mallelous , in the centre of the medial aspect of the tibia.
LR7Xiguan 膝关Posterior and inferior to the medial condyle of tibia, 1 cun posterior to the Yinlianquan (SP 9).
 

LR8

 

Ququan 曲泉

With the knee bent, in the depression above the medial end of the transverse popliteal crease.
LR9Yinbao 阴包4 cun above the medial epicondyle of the femur, between m.vastus medialis and m. Sartorius
 

LR10

Zuwuli

足五里

3 cun directly below qichong(ST30), inferior to the pubic tubercle
LR11Yinlian 阴廉2 cun directly below qichong(ST30), inferior to the pubic tubercle
 

LR12

 

Jimai 急脉

Lateral and inferior to qichong(ST30), in the crease of the groin where the femoral artery pulsates,2.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.
 

LR13

Zhangmen

章门

On the lower border of the free end of the 11th rib.
 

LR14

 

Qimen 期门

Directly below the nipple, at the 6th intercostal space, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline..

 

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.