In Defense of the Liver Point

 - by lucie

According to Lindsay Kenny’s article, “the Liver Point or Liver 14 in acupuncture terms, can be found on the mammilary line, under the nipple, 2 ribs below the nipple, about where a woman’s bra wire would be. For a man it’s about 3 inches under his nipples. Because of it’s “inconvenient positioning” it began to be eliminated in public forums. However, the Liver Point is an important meridian for stress, depression, cravings and anger.”

In most of the shortcuts developed and customized by numerous therapists, the Liver Point has disappeared. Yet, I made a conscious choice to include it with all my patients. Here is why.

1. “My Point”
Gary Craig encourages us to find our own point, by which he means a point with which we experience a more effective healing, an notable increase of energy flow, etc. For a lot of people, it turns out to be the Collarbone Point (and it is the case for Gary). But for me, it is definitely the Liver Point.

2. My Terrain
Years ago, upon visiting a homeopathic doctor, I was told that my liver was the weak point of my physiology and that it needed constant support. As a matter of fact, my other health issues – all minor I assure you – wouldn’t see any improvement if I didn’t care for my liver first.

3. My Energy System
Then it makes sense that skipping the liver point, in my case, would be more detrimental than the supposed benefits (a slight gain of time and a sometimes irrelevant sense of propriety) could ever bring. In my body, the liver meridian is probably the one housing the most energy disruptions. And healing wouldn’t be as deep if I didn’t tap on it.

4. The benefits for my patients
The benefits for myself are rather obvious. But what was incredible to me was to notice that for all my patients, the Liver Point also felt particularly potent and/or sensitive. Statistically, this shouldn’t be: for most therapists, the point can be skipped without any difference in the quality of the healing and they report similar results whether they choose to tap on it or not. The difference with my own experience probably comes from the fact that healing occurs in the space between the practitioner and the patient. Hence, what ails them, ails me; what heals me, heals them. And if I were to skip the Liver Point, I would also miss plenty of energy disruption in what I came to call “the reciprocal space” of healing, as a wink to my years as a scientist.

5. Conclusion:
As always, in energy psychology, there’s no one size fits all answer. Do what feels right. Which supposes that you have an clue of what feeling entails, but isn’t it the starting point of all healing process?