Three Heater Luo Connecting Channel

The Three Heater luo connecting channel is an acupuncture channel. It helps to explain why Three Heater 5, Waiguan, is such a useful point.

To find out more about luo-connecting channel pathways, click here.


  • Ascends the posterior aspect of the arm and shoulder then connects with the Pericardium channel in the centre of the chest.

Three Heater Luo symptoms

  • Fullness: cramps and spasms in the muscles around the elbow
  • Emptiness: lack of tone of the arm muscles
  • Qi Stagnation: sensation of distension in all three parts (upper, middle and lower) of the abdomen
  • Blood Stasis: pain that is lancinating or stabbing in all three parts (upper, middle and lower) of the torso
  • Heat: hot, painful wrist, elbow or shoulder joints


The above symptoms bequeathed by antiquity are short. That's because they were just giving examples of the kind of most obvious symptom. 

They don't tell you enough, mostly, to be sure of the diagnosis. 

For example, a lack of tone in the arm muscles will probably be Emptiness in this luo channel, but it could be due to Spleen and Stomach Qi and Blood deficiency.

This would manifest not just in the arms muscles but in muscles elsewhere in the body.

As with all luo channels, injuries along the Three Heater luo channel with distended veins or signs of trauma along its pathway show that the channel is affected.

In this case, the channel's luo point, Three Heater 5, should be added to other forms of treatment.

Links to Luo-connecting channels

Find an Acupuncturist!

If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.

If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index. 

Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:

Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine

3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!

By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.

For the Latest Reviews of 'Qi Stagnation', click here!

NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Use this search feature:

Click Here for Acupuncture Points on Facebook!