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The close relationship between brain areas representing the foot and genitalia may underlie the ability of acupuncture at points on the Liver channel of foot-jueyin to treat the genitals, explain the Chinese authors of a review article. Studies have shown that adjacent cerebral cortex functional areas can overlap and interact with each other. In the cortical homunculus, the genital area lies adjacent to the foot area, and so the two areas may interact with each other. Under pathological conditions, functional reorganisation may occur between the two brain areas, explaining the observation that reproductive system diseases can result in specific pathological reactions along the path of the Liver channel on the medial side of the tibia and foot. Acupuncture may help undo this pathological functional reorganisation.

Biological Mechanism of Specific Relationship between Gan (Liver) Meridian of Foot-Jueyin and Genitals. Chin J Integr Med 2021 Jan 9.