Points Database

Location Guides:

: Yinbao : Yin Wrapping

Liv-9 : Foot Jueyin Liver 9

Classifications:
Luo Harmonizing point

Location:
Directly superior to the medial epicondyle of the femur, 4 cun superior to Ququan Liv-8, in the cleft between m. vastus medialis and m. sartorius. Locate as one patella's height above the superior border of the patella, directly above Liv-8, in the tender depression between M. vastus medialis and m. sartorius.

Needling:
Perpendicular insertion 1 - 2 cun

TCM Actions:
Adjusts menstruation and regulates the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Irregular menstruation, disorders of menstruation, difficult urination, retention of urine, enuresis.
  • Lumbo-sacral pain extending to the lower abdomen.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Obturator nerve (L2 - L4)
    Dermatome Segment: L3

    Notes:
    At the end of a Liver Luo treatment this point is needled, deqi grasped and removed immediately to normalize the circulation of blood (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture).

    There are several points in Tung acupuncture located on the inner thigh for which this point is the closest TCM reference point, although they are not really located in relation to this. The first is Ming Huang, Bright Yellow (88.12), located as opposite Fengshi GB-31, with Tiang Huang, Heavenly Yellow (88.13), 3 cun above and Qi Huang, Cycle Yellow (88.14), 3 cun below. They are indicated for Liver disorders, especially ones affecting the eyes and often combined with Huo Ying and Huo Zhu, near Xiangjian Liv-2 and Taichong Liv-3 (Chu, 2015).

    The lowest of these points has another two located in relation to it, Huo Zhi, Fire limb (88.15), and Huo Quan, Fire Through (88.16), located 1.5 cun proximal and distal to Qi Huang. Their indications are for patterns of Liver Heat (Chu, 2015).


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