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POINT: LIV-12 (LIVER-12)  

English: Urgent Pulse
Also Known As: Hasty Pulse
  • Lateral to the pubic tuberosity, lateral and inferior to ST-30 Qichong, in the inguinal groove where the pulsation of the femoral artery is palpable, 2.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.
  • Below the pubic symphysis and lateral to the midline, 2.5 cun.
  • 1 cun inferior and 2.5 cun lateral to REN-2 Qugu, in the crease of the groin, medial to the femoral vein.
  • Note: Locate the pulsation of the femoral artery in the groin, approximately midway between the pubic symphysis and the anterior superior iliac spine. The femoral vein runs along the medial side of the artery and is approximately 1 finger breadth in diameter. LIV-12 Jimai is then located just medial to the vein on the joint crease.
  • Straight insertion, 1 to 1.5 cun.
  • Caution: Avoid the artery.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • Slightly oblique insertion 0.5 to 0.8 cun.
  • Caution: Care should be taken to avoid penetrating the femoral vein.
  • Master point for impotence
  • Eliminates Cold from the Liver channel
  • Benefits the Lower Jiao
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Hernia pain
  • Penal pain
  • Penis does not erect properly (poronos disease)
  • Shan disorder
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain in the External genitalia
  • Prostate problems
  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Hypogastric pain
  • Pain of the inner thigh







  • Some ancient sources advise that this point should be treated by moxibustion rather than needling. Modern texts say that moxibustion is contraindicated due to the proximity of this point to the femoral vessels and to the pubic hair, and should be treated by needling rather than by moxibustion.