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Man Dan Yang Acupuncture: The 12 Miraculous Points – Part 7

Man Dan Yang was a practitioner of Daoism in the 12th century. As a young man he developed great skill in acupuncture and moxibustion (Zhen Jiu 针灸). He left behind an ode to 12 miraculous acu-points, today known as Man Dan Yang Acupuncture. If you want to learn a few acupuncture points that produce consistent results in treating a variety of illnesses, learn these!

This article presents Man Dan-Yang’s ode to the seventh acu-point, Taichong (LV-3).

太冲 Taichong “ Supreme Rushing” LV-3

Taichong is at the big toe, two inches behind the joint.
 By the pulsing vein one knows there is life or death. Can cure sudden epilepsy (convulsion), swelling of the throat and heart, the feet unable to walk, seven Shan (hernia) [1], testicular swelling, cloudy eyes and also back pain. When the needle descends the result is miraculous.

太冲足大指。节后二寸中。动脉知生死。能医惊 癇 风。


Notes:  Taichong is the Yuan Source acu-point of the Liver Channel. Sudden Epilepsy, Shan Qi, clouded vision, throat and heart distension all belong to the excess disease and therefore can be cured by Taichong. Seven types of Shan refer to:

  1. Chong Shan (冲疝) Rushing Shan: An upward rushing sensation from the lower abdomen to the heart, with pain and difficulty bending forward and backward.
  2. Hu Shan (狐疝) Fox Shan: The testicle is smaller or bigger in size and drawn upward or dropped downward.
  3. Tui Shan (疝颓) Collapsed Shan: Painful swelling of the scrotum or lower abdomen.
  4. Jue Shan (疝厥) Fainting Shan: A painful rushing upward from the lower abdomen and heart that causes loss of consciousness.
  5. Jia Shan (瘕疝) Abdominal Lump Shan: A gourd-like painful swelling in the lower abdomen.
  6. Kui Shan (溃疝) Ulcerative Shan: Swelling and pain of the testicles, even to the point of suppuration.
  7. Long Shan (癃疝) Urinary Hernia: Swelling of the testicles, with difficulty in defecation and urination.

承注:太冲为肝经之原穴。惊 癎 疝气目生云翳咽喉心胀都属肝经气大过之疾患,故太冲能治之。七疝者,为冲疝,狐疝,疝颓,疝厥,瘕疝,溃疝,癃疝,七种。少腹上冲心而痛,不得前后为冲疝。睾丸偏小偏大,时上时下为狐疝。阴囊少腹肿大控急而痛为颓疝。厥气上冲心腹而痛为厥疝。少腹闷痛结形如瓜为瘕疝。睾丸肿痛。甚至溃脓为瘕疝。睾丸肿大小溲不行为癃疝。 

Taichong “ Supreme Rushing” (LV-3)

  • Sudden Epilepsy
  • Throat and heart distention
  • Inability of both feet to move
  • Shan disorder with swelling
  • Eyes seem cloudy and dim
  • Low back pain


  • Spreads Liver Qi
  • Subdues Liver Yang and Extinguishes Wind
  • Nourish Liver Blood and Yin
  • Clears Head and Eyes
  • Regulates Lower Jiao and Menses

Other Modern Indications:

  • Distension and Pain of the Ribs
  • Blurry Vision; Visual disturbances; Red Eyes
  • Headache and Dizziness
  • Vertex Headaches
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Uterine Bleeding and Prolapse
  • Profuse Sweating After Childbirth and Insufficient Lactation
  • Retention of Urine and Painful Urination
  • Pain in the Genitals
  • Difficult Delivery (w/ SP 6 & LI 4)
  • Profuse Uterine Bleeding (w/ SP 6)
  • Difficulty Walking; Weak Legs
  • Hypertension

太冲 Taichong “ Supreme Rushing” LV-3

[1]疝 Shan: sometimes translated as “Mounting.” A disease characterized by pain and swelling of the abdomen and scrotum. Shan Qi diseases generally correspond to hernias in Western medicine.

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