Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine


The Liver, The Hun and the Flow of the Tao

31 Mar, 2019
The Liver, The Hun and the Flow of the Tao

By Jude Ponton, DC. LAC and Paul Ponton, LAc, Senior Licensed Acutonics Faculty, Certified Acutonics® Practitioners

Spring is the season of awakening and enlivening the liver energy as the Earth brings forth manifestation from the potentiality stored in the seed. This is a good opportunity to connect with the Hun, the spirit of the liver. In Chinese medicine the energy of the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of qi in the body. It regulates how energy moves. Liver imbalances show up as excesses such as unrestrained liver yang and fire; as liver deficiencies (of yin and blood) and as liver stagnation, or stuckness.

The five-element correspondence of springtime to the liver makes spring a particularly powerful time to address psycho-spiritual issues associated with the Hun. During this time the spirits associated with all the energy systems of the body come into play and must be balanced for creative process to take place, manifest and enter our shared reality. The Hun is pivotal in this process. Hun imagination interfaces with Shen consciousness, (the energy of pure potentiality), to create manifestation as both are yang in nature. This provides the initial step in creating our own reality. Liver energy must flow smoothly on all levels in order for us to connect to the source of undifferentiated oneness, the energy of potentiality, the Tao. 

Lonnie Jarret writes, in Nourishing Destiny, that we must align heaven’s plan both internally and externally in order to evolve in a less constrained manner. It is our perception that creates the polarity of inner and outer, and of separation of our physical being from our divine nature. The key to this alignment is moving beyond the illusion that we are separate and allowing our creative divinity full expression.

Many of the things that lead to stagnation of liver energy and hinder the ability to allow merging of our perception with that of our higher spiritual selves are lifestyle issues. Physical influences include too much coffee, alcohol and other drugs. Psychological influences include stress, unexpressed emotions and rigidity in the way we think or in our beliefs. Constrained energy or stuck energy inhibits our ability to allow the Tao to flow smoothly through us.

We can access the energy of springtime and expansion and allow the Hun spirit to potentiate moving forward in life and to let go of the resistance that holds us back.

Treating a few acupuncture points with Acutonics tuning forks to balance the physical and spiritual aspects of the liver energy can be useful. These treatment suggestions focus on opening the flow of the liver to allow full expression of the Hun

Extraordinary Vessels:

Yang Wei Mai: Helps us hear inner guidance and see a way forward to access our transformational path. Use the New Moon 5th to open the way, Full Moon 6th to bring full expression and illumination of our destiny. The Zodiac 3rd can also be used to break up resistance to new ways of being and to disperse patterns that no longer serve us. Ohm/Jupiter 4th can be employed to expand beyond limitations 

Dai Mai: Helps us release constraints to move forward. Use the Zodiac 3rd to break through frustration of not advancing. New Moon 5th to release old emotional habits. Ohm/Uranus 5th to break up barriers and to allow more decisive movement.

Other Points:

Open the Hun spirit point UB 47, Hun Gate (3 Cun lateral to the spinous process of T 9) with New Moon 5th, expand expression of the Hun with Jupiter/New Moon combination.

LIV 3, Great Surge, LIV 14, Cycle Gate, UB 18, Liver Shu address the flow and balance of liver energy and enhance the process of allowing. Use the New Moon 5th to open, the Ohm/Jupiter 4th to expand. Jupiter/Neptune can be used with these points to open and encourage smooth flow of the liver energy.

The 6th Chakra point, Yin Tang, can be treated with New Moon/Jupiter to open and expand vision and provide insights for transformation along with the above liver related points.

As Senior Licensed Acutonics faculty Paul and Jude Ponton will tailor their class schedules to the unique needs of the student. They offer the full Acutonics curriculum, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, Points and Meridians, and several excellent electives. They can be reached at 206-706-2836 or