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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (6): 451-454.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.06.002

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Treatment of shoulder and neck pain based on the connection between liver and large intestine*

Chen Jingwen, Liu Zhenzhu, Zhang Ning, Li Menglin, Liu Jintao, Wang Weiguang, Huang Xunying, Xi Chongcheng, Zhai Shuangqing#   

  1. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Online:2019-06-05 Published:2019-06-05
  • Contact: Prof. Zhai Shuangqing, Ph.D., Doctoral Supervisor. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, No.11, North Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029. E-mail: zsq2098@163.com

Abstract: The theory of the connection between liver and large intestine is a part of the theory of the connection of zang-fu organs. The earliest record of this theory is seen in the book Introduction to Medicine by Li Chan published in the Ming Dynasty. We can understand the close relationship between liver and large intestine in terms of the interaction between wood and metal according to the theory of five elements. Also, blood can moisten large intestine and removing stagnancy and obstruction in the intestines can help soothe the liver. In addition, according to the opening, closing and pivoting nature of the six meridians, the foot jueyin liver meridian and the hand taiyang large intestine meridian correspond with each other as both are of closing nature. In addition, liver and large intestine are associated with shoulder and neck based on the correspondence between zang-fu organs and body parts, and on meridian circulations. In the modern society, cellphone has been overused, leading to eyestrain, which in turn impairs blood as long looking at something impairs blood. Furthermore, the night-owl lifestyle negatively impacts liver’s function of storing blood. As a result, the shoulder and neck pain of many patients is caused by liver blood insufficiency and sinew and muscle malnutrition. Liver blood insufficiency gives rise to stagnation of liver qi and constipation, since the large intestine cannot be moistened. Thus, clinical practitioners can nourish liver blood to moisten large intestine and remove stagnancy and obstruction in large intestine to soothe the liver, which will have excellent curative effect on this kind of shoulder and neck pain. As this method is rather different from treatments targeted at cold congealing, qi stagnation and blood stasis, it could provide a new approach to the treatment of shoulder and neck pain.

Key words: liver, large intestine, connection between zang-fu organs, acupoint of liver on the neck, shoulder and neck pain

CLC Number: 

  • R223.1