Name That Point - Amy Watson, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, CCRT, CVA
What’s The Point?
In the dog, I can be found in the depression on the lateral side of the abdomen, ventral to the free end of the 12th rib. In the horse, I can be found in the depression just ventral to the end of the 17th rib. I am the Mu point for the Spleen and the Influential point for the Yin organs, being the Hui, or gathering, point for the five Yin organs. I am the meeting point of the Gall Bladder and Liver channels. I can be of benefit for both Liver disorders and Spleen disorders, benefiting the smooth flow of Liver Qi whilst also improving the Spleen’s role of transformation and transportation. I am thus a harmonizer of the Liver and Spleen and am used whenever Liver Qi Stagnates and invades the Stomach and Spleen, preventing Spleen Qi from ascending (causing diarrhea and abdominal distension) and Stomach Qi from descending (causing food retention, eructation, and abdominal fullness). I can help dispel and transform Dampness, disperse food accumulation, and balance the Yin channels when I am combined with LIV 14. If used with Moxa, I can be used to tonify and warm the Spleen in Spleen Yang Deficiency. From a Western clinical perspective, I am innervated from the T10-T11 spinal nerves in dogs and the caudal thoracic spinal and 17th intercostal nerves in horses, and can be used in cases of hypochrondriac discomfort or distension, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and borborygmi. I can also be used for hepatitis, chest pain and muscle problems. Classically, I am known as ‘Completion Gate’, or ‘Zhangmen’. According to one eminent veterinary acupuncturist -and also in the author’s clinic - I could be colloquially known as the ‘pissy kitty point’, because I am far easier to needle (and thus confer a greater chance of needling success and Qi moving) in cats who are ‘spiky’ due to a Liver Qi Stagnation than LIV 3...
The Point is LIV 13