Liver Meridian


The Liver meridian begins on the big toe. From Liver 1 (LV 1) the Liver meridian travels up the inside of the leg, crosses the abdomen, and ends on the front of the ribs, in the space between the 6th and 7th ribs. The Liver meridian is one of the three Yin meridians on the leg.

“The liver is like the general, courageous and smart.”
-Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine

The Liver meridian moves into the interior of the body from the last point on the external meridian, Liver 14. The internal pathway of the Liver meridian connects to the liver, gallbladder, stomach, and lungs. The internal pathway makes its way up the neck, to the eyes, and all the way to the top of the head.

Because of these internal connections, the Liver meridian and the Liver points are often used to relieve eye strain, headaches, and digestive complaints.

Liver Meridian

Liver Meridian

Famous Liver Point

Liver 3, Tai Chong, “Great Rushing”

The Liver is in charge of keeping the flow of Qi (our energy), smooth and even. When the Qi does not flow, we call the condition “stagnant Qi.” Stagnant Qi feels like pain and distention. LV 3 is a key point to get the Qi moving again.

In practical terms, I use LV 3 to relieve headaches. Even though the point is all the way down on the foot, it is one of the best points to relieve headaches. Apply vigorous pressure with the intention of literally moving Qi.

How to locate LV 3

Place your finger between the big toe and second toe, and then gently glide toward the ankle. Feel for a big dip in the “web” between the big toe and second toe.  LV 3 is often very tender, so apply your pressure slowly in order to avoid undue pain.

Liver 3

Liver 3

To continue learning, check out the “All About the Liver Meridian” video on demand.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

2 Comments

  • cat rossiter

    Reply Reply April 1, 2014

    so great to be reminded, Spring and the flush and flow are beginning ~ need compensatory Qi to keep the balance.

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