Integrative Medicine Blog

Open Up That Liver Channel

Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Sunday, June 07, 2015
Tai chong

The third point on the liver channel - when open, emotion run freely, sleep is easy, and our lives move forward. When closed, our body responds.

The third point on the liver channel is named tai chong, or "great surge." It refers both to the strength of the spring season where plant and animal life are surging upwardly and outwardly after the cold winter, and the nature of the liver channel which is to move upward and expand freely and powerfully. When this channel is flowing openly we move from emotion to emotion smoothly, fall to sleep easily, move forward in our lives proactively and cycles such as the menstrual cycle are regular and without discomfort. This point is one of the most frequently used points in acupuncture, including its use for headaches, menstrual pains, anxiety and stress. It is located just forward of the proximal meeting of the first and second metatarsal bones. It can be massaged with firm, but gentle pressure for five to ten minutes on each side, but responds best to needling.