Acupuncture for Life Threatening Liver Disease.


Some 10 days ago I had a client present in clinic with quite severe right hypochondriac pain.

The day before they had been subjected to an ultrasound examination that required the firm placement of a metal sensor throughout the area.

My client felt rather ginger after the examination and things didn’t get any better overnight.

Please allow me to put you in the picture slightly, this gentleman had spent over two years on the liver transplant list to eventually be discharged as a result of a rather miraculous recovery from an almost fatal dose of pancreatitis and the subsequent destruction of vital parts of his liver.

Keith has been a client of mine for over 3 years and now swears by traditional acupuncture treatment.

I have written much about his case history, more about that later.

Suffice to say that his recovery is testimony to a strong spirit and love of life in conjunction with a highly effective multi modality Keep Keith Alive team ( The KKA as named by my the man himself).

Back to the point, the mu point in fact, upon palpation the liver mu point, spleen mu point, gall bladder mu point, all demonstrated significant bilateral tenderness, but the front alarm points were especially tender on the right hand side. I was concerned that the application of the ultrasound head had been excessively heavy and had caused some bruising around the liver.

After significant palpatory examination I placed a number of.14 x40mm needles quite superficially into the points above, plus R.H.S Sp. 21, St. 21 and 25, Conception Vessel 12 and 4.

I left these needles in situ. and Keith was completely covered by towels made possible by laying the needles along the surface of the body rather than the common perpendicular deeper needling technique.

Keeping him warm is always a priority!

After half an hour I re-examined his pulse and condition ( face color, demeanor, voice etc) to find there had been a significant change for the better.

It was at this very late stage of the treatment that I administered a Root treatment to address what appeared to be a Spleen deficiency, Liver excess condition.

Throughout the treatment and upon discharge I reinforced that Keith seek a medical diagnosis and in the advent of any relapse of the pain or discomfort whatsoever, seek urgent medical attention.

Keith made an appointment to see his doctor following day.

Next morning following acupuncture treatment Keith realized that he had slept soundly and was pain free and easy.

The treatment using the front mu points had worked brilliantly.

Here’s the catch!

By 11 a.m. that morning he was in hospital enjoying an MRI scan, a scan that showed that he had at least five stones in his bilary duct!

I shan’t go into great detail regarding the medical procedure involved in the removal of the stones, suffice to say that it was a resounding success removing all of the stones, the largest of which was 18 mm, the second-largest 8 mm, the other three varying sizes.

After surgery he attended clinic shaken and stirred but very much alive, a situation about which he and his family are particularly delighted.

Traditional acupuncture can be extraordinarily effective on many different levels but it is prudent to remember that there can be more to any given clinical situation than meets the eye.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed.

Have a good one,


About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.


  1. what is the spleen deficient/liver excess root treatment in this case? (my line of thinking is PC 7, Sp 3, shunt Liv 3… but thats just a wild stab in the dark)

  2. You are right on the money Richard.
    More like a jab in the light than a stab in the dark.
    Thanks for your question.
    Kind Regards,

  3. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog
    and look forward to new updates.

    • Don’t use twitter much at all.
      Will be sparking this blog up again in July.
      Many thanks for your positive feedback.
      Alan J.

  4. Great article.

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