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LV5:蠡溝 [lǐ gōu] woodworn canal

•Source [出處 chū chù]:

Spiritual pivot 【靈樞 líng shū】,【經脈篇 jīng mài piān】

•Channel and collateral【經絡 jīng luò】:

Leg jue yin

Classification【類別 lèi bié】:

Collateral point [絡穴 luò xué]

Name【名稱 mīng chéng】:

蠡 [lǐ] : a wood-boring worm, a gourd

溝 [gōu] : canal, ditch, channel

LV5 is the collateral point of the liver channel, therfore it connects the liver and gallbladder channels. The point named Woodworm Canal in a reference to the connecting vessel that joins the two wood channels.

Location【部位 bù wèi】:

On the anteromedial aspect of the leg, at the centre of the medial border (surface) of the tibia, 5 B-cun proximal to the prominence of the medial malleolus.

Needling【針法 zhēn fǎ】:

Needle 0.5-1 cun perpendicular along the posterior edge of the tibia. 1-3 Moxa cons and 3-5 minutes of moxa stick.

Action【功效 gōng xiào】:

Coursing the liver and rectify qi [疏肝理氣 shū gān lǐ qì]

Regulate menstruation and constrain the blood [調經攝血 tiáo jīng shè xuě]

•Indication 主治【zhǔ zhì】:

Classical: liver disease, hypochondriac pain, abdominal pain, rubella, vaginal arrhythmia, irregular menstruation, metrorrhagia, vaginal discharge, enuresis, impaired urination, testicular swelling and pain, fever, back shin and feet pain
Modern: hepatitis, eczema, pruritus, testicularitis, endometritis, hypersexuality.

•Point pair 配穴 [pèi xué] :

PC6-LV5: unblocking the jue-yin channels and collaterals [Wang Ju-Yi 王居易]


•This is an important point to dispel damp heat from the lower jiao and treats plumstone qi in the throat