Opens the Yang Linking vessel, one of the ‘extra-ordinary’ channels. (We don’t have a page on this yet.)
Regulates the ‘middle burning space’ ie below the diaphragm and above the umbilicus. Sometimes useful for pain there: see ‘Why does my Stomach hurt?’
Possibly better for Wind-Heat than for Wind-Cold, as in febrile diseases. However, can be used with Large Intestine 4 for Wind-Cold.
For appropriate syndromes or for areas reached by this channel or the Gallbladder channel:
Treats the lateral aspect of the head, shoulder and torso
Eye pain and inflammation
Headaches of many kinds especially those caused by excess Yang
Cheek pain, paralysis, numbness, tingling
Swelling in the side of the neck, eg from glands
Ear problems such as deafness and tinnitus (these would be acute, rather than chronic conditions)
Motor problems, weakness, cramp or pain in the arm, elbow, wrist, hand or fingers
As an important point for clearing invasion by external pathogenic factors, can be used eg for Wind-Damp and Summer-Heat.
Stiff neck, especially along the pathway of the channel
Hand tremor (when caused by exterior Wind: this point is less effective for tremor from interior Wind)
As opening point for the Yang Linking vessel, seems to help people made angry by obstruction, or who have adopted a malcontened or defiant viewpoint and are not amenable to other ideas or who refuse to accept harmony with others
Useful for depression associated with relationships
Comment on Three Heater 5
Waiguan, Three Heater 5, was a popular point in the hospital clinic when I trained in China. We had many very vigorous manual workers who got caught by intense cold weather.
The syndromes they developed usually responded well to this point.
Although its name, ‘Outer Frontier Gate’ shows that its main properties concern attack by exterior disease, I have also used it for strong internal Wind syndromes, together with other points dealing with the interior deficiency.
I don’t usually use it alone. Other points, often local, ‘direct’ its Qi.
Three Heater 5 does so much that sometimes it seems no other point on the channel is needed: but they are, very much.