Qimen LIV-14 Acupuncture Point

Qimen LIV-14

Chinese: 期门

Pinyin: Qī Mén

Location

On the mammillary line, two ribs below the nipple, in the 6th intercostal space, 4 cun lateral to the midline. 

Please note that there is an alternative location for LIV-14 at the lower edge of the ribcage in line with the nipple or, in women, 4 cun from the midline. 

In fact, one could look upon these as two separate points. The one in the intercostal space is used more for Channel problems. While the one at the lower edge of the ribcage is used more for Organ problems.

How to locate

The nipple is usually located on the 4th intercostal space. From there, palpate downward 2 intercostal space and locate LIV-14 in the 6th intercostal. 

Main actions

  1. Invigorates Liver Qi
  2. Harmonizes the Liver and Stomach

Needling

Obliquely 0.5-1 cun, either in a lateral or medial direction. The latter is more recommended for breasts symptoms. 

Caution: Pneumothorax 

Commentary for Qimen LIV-14

LIV-14 and LIV-13 is quite similar in terms of functions, as they both treat Liver Qi Stagnation. However, the LIV-14 is more on harmonizing the Liver and Stomach Qi, while LIV-13 is rather on harmonizing the Liver and Spleen. The pulse is typically Wiry on both middle positions.

When the rebellious Liver Qi invades the Stomach, it gives rise to symptoms like belching, nausea, vomiting, hiccupping, and hypochondrial distension and pain.