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FYI: Acupuncture Point “Happy Calm”

By Bradley Stiles, L.Ac.

Liver 3 – What it can do for you?

Liver 3, appropriately named “Happy Calm,” can be used to help treat insomnia, PMS, to move qi, ease irritability, relieve headache pain, treat eye problems and more.

This acupuncture point was used in a study where, after needling the spot, researchers watched the brain using an MRI to see if and how it responded to the acupuncture.

Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot, Liver 3 and Stomach 44 with a nearby
sham acupuncture point and found that both Liver 3 and Stomach 44 consistently elicited specific brain responses.

When Liver 3 was stimulated, it activated the visual cortex and other areas of the brain that affect the central nervous system.  In Chinese medicine this makes perfect sense because the liver meridian is in charge of vision.


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