Acupuncture Strategy - Liver and Gallbladder Syndromes

Liver and Gallbladder Syndromes

The liver resides under the right lower ribs. Its main physiological functions are storing and regulating blood, creating unrestrained conditions for qi (vital energy) flow. The body movement, emotions and menstruation are also associated with it. The eyes and nails are important external parameters for assessing its condition. The gallbladder stores bile which aids digestion and it also rules decision and is related to bravery. The liver meridian communicates with the gallbladder meridian creating an exterior and interior relationship. The two influence each other closely.

Liver syndromes Meridians for the selection of major acupoints Techniques Stagnation of liver qi The liver, gallbladder, stomach and spleen meridians Reducing needling techniques Flare up of liver fire The liver and gallbladder meridians Reducing needling techniques, or use "pricking" needles to draw small amount of blood from the appropriate acupoints Extreme heat of liver stirring wind The liver and governor vessel meridians as well as the twelve well points Reducing needling techniques, or use "pricking" needles to draw small amount of blood from the appropriate acupoints Deficiency of liver yin The liver, gallbladder and kidney meridians Even needling techniques Localized symptoms along the course of the liver meridian e.g. cold pain in the lower abdomen, hernia and pain or heavy sensation in the scrotum The liver meridian Combining use of acupuncture and moxibustion
Gallbladder syndromes Meridians for the selection of major acupoints Techniques Damp-heat in the gallbladder The gallbladder meridian, and also the back transport points and alarm points of the gallbladder Reducing needling techniques Qi deficiency of the gallbladder The gallbladder, liver and pericardium meridians as well as the back transport points of the gallbladder Reinforcing needling techniques as well as moxibustion Localized symptoms along the course of the gallbladder meridians e.g. numbness and pain The gallbladder meridian Either acupuncture or moxibustion
Liver and Gallbladder Meridians