Liver Meridian

Taichong LR3 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Tai : big              Chong: important pass
Taichong is on the foot, where the qi of the meridian is abundant. It is an important “pass” in the meridian.


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


  • Spreads liver qi (distension and pain along channel, sighing, depression).
  • Discharge damp heat in lower burner ( urinary problems, genital problems, itching ).
  • Nourishes Liver blood and yin (Cools blood, eyes, tendons and uterus).
  • Sedates liver yang and extinguishes wind (epilepsy, stroke).

Indications of taichong:

  • Taichong is indicated for any pattern of the LIV zang whether deficient or excess.
  • Disorders along liver channel : Headache, dizziness, redness, swelling and pain in the eyes, optic atrophy, deviation of the mouth.
  • Epilepsy, depression, irritability, infantile convulsions, stroke.
  • Jaundice, pain in the hypochondriac region.
  • Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, morbid leucorrhea, enuresis, retention of urine.
  • Atrophy or paralysis of the lower limbs.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1.0 cun.


Shu-Stream Point; Yuan-Source Point.
Main point for calming the liver.
Important point for vertigo and foot pain.

Read about other points of Liver Meridian:

LR1-Dadun-大敦   LR2-Xingjian-行间     LR4-Zhongfeng-中封    LR5-Ligou-蠡沟    LR6-Zhongdu-中都   LR7-Xiguan-膝关    LR8-Ququan-曲泉    LR9-Yinbao- 阴包   LR10-Zuwuli-足五里    LR11-Yinlian-阴廉    LR12-Jimai-急脉    LR13-Zhangmen-章门    LR14-Qimen-期门


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.