Gates of Buddha - Let Toxins Go / Happy CalmPosted: Mar 7th, 2013
Large Intestine 4 is used for a host of physical symptoms located in the head including dental pain, headache, and sinus congestion. This point draws blocked qi (including toxic emotions that may be roiling up in the chest and throat) out of the head and gets the energy flowing back down and out of the body. While Large Intestine 4 and Liver 3 are both commonly used for headaches, Liver 3 is used more for uplifting and smoothing the flow of qi that has become constrained. Both of these points move a lot of energy and can create a huge release in toxins physical, mental and emotional.
The name of this treatment reminds us once again of the great compassion exemplified by this gentle form of medicine.
Liver 3: Happy Calm Releases Headaches, PMS and Irritability
Liver 3, also known as Happy Calm, is among the easiest point to find and perhaps the most commonly used across the great multitude of acupuncture lineages. Located on the top of the foot between the first and second metatarsals, this point is in a large and often tender spot, either very close to the meeting of the metatarsals or as much as an inch and half distal, towards the webbing between the big toe and second toe.
Do not be surprised if this area feels tender when pressed on, especially if you are experiencing a headache, menstrual cramps, or just plain irritability. Liver 3 functions to disperse stagnant qi that can give rise to these symptoms.
In addition to massaging this point or receiving acupuncture, there are other ways to disperse qi stagnation. These include vigorous breathing techniques, cardiovascular exercise (especially kicking and punching), and any activities that you find joyful or relaxing.