Triple Heater (San Jiao) Meridian - Hand Shao Yang - General Information

  • Internal/External Pathways
    Originates on the tip of the finger
    Travels up the arm
    Passes and goes across the Gall Bladder Meridian in the shoulder region
    A branch goes to the chest and connects with the Percardium Meridian
    Then it travels down to the abdomen
    A branch originates from the chest
    Goes up the neck around the ear to the outside of the eye
    Another branch enters the ear and continues to the outer canthus and links up with the Gall Bladder Meridian
  • Measurements Needed
    Cubital Crease -to- Wrist Crease = 12 cun
    Thumb width = 1 cun
    Four fingers = 3 cun
  • Precautions - [all]
    TH 19 - AA NB (don't bleed)
    TH 22 - AA
    TH 23 - No Moxa
  • Point Relationships
    Wrist - SI 5 - TH 4 - LI 5 || LU 9 - PC 7 - HT 7
    Elbow Points - SI 8 - TH 10 - LI 11 || LU 5 - PC 3 - HT 3
  • Additional Helpful Information
  • TH 15 - midway between GB 21 and SI 13
  • GB 21 - find CV 14 and the end of the acromion process, divide this in half, grasp the muscle and divide in half, point is on the top of the shoulder between these two muscles
  • SI 13 - medial extremity of the suprascapular fossa midway between SI 10 and the spinous process of T2
  • Cun Measurement Reminders:
    (Cun measurements points along the meridian)

    Yin Meridians || Upper Arm || Forearm
    LU  6, 5 || 7, 1.5, 1
    PC  7 || 5, 3, 2
    HT  3 || 1.5, 1, .5

    Yang Meridians || Forearm || Upper Arm
    LI  3, 5, 8, 9, 10 || *1, 3, 7
    TH  2, 3, 5, 7 || *1, 1, mid 11-13, -3 below TH 14
    SI  5 ||

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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