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The Three Heater channel (Hand Shao Yang channel) starts on the ring finger lateral to the nail, runs up the lateral side of the arm, to shoulder, neck and head, where it circles and enters the ear then accesses the underside and outer canthus of the eye.
But internally the path reaches to the cervical vertebrae, to the chest, upper and lower parts of the abdomen, and specifically to points such as Stomach 12, Ren 17, Re 12 and the pericardium, and the lower abdomen. A special point associated with Three Heater is Ren 5.
So its points have influence over a huge range of processes in the body, and help to harmonise imbalances wherever occurring.
If a point is in red in the table below, it links to a full page on the point in question.
|Three Heater 1||Guanchong||Rushing Pass|
|Three Heater 2||Yemen||Fluid Secretion Gate|
|Three Heater 3||Zhongzhu||Middle Islet|
|Three Heater 4||Yangchi||Yang pond|
|Three Heater 5||Waiguan||Outer frontier gate|
|Three Heater 6||Zhigou||Branch ditch|
|Three Heater 7||Huizong||Assembly of Ancestors|
|Three Heater 8||Sanyangluo||Three Yang junction|
|Three Heater 9||Sidu||Four Oceans|
|Three Heater 10||Tianjing||Heavenly Well|
|Three Heater 11||Qinglengyuan||Pure Clear Abyss|
|Three Heater 12||Xiaoluo||Dispersing Luo River|
|Three Heater 13||Naohui||Upper Arm meeting|
|Three Heater 14||Jianliao||Shoulder depression|
|Three Heater 15||Tianliao||Heavenly depression|
|Three Heater 16||Tianyou||Window of Heaven|
|Three Heater 17||Yifeng||Wind Screen|
|Three Heater 18||Qimai||Spasm vessel|
|Three Heater 19||Luxi||Skull’s Relaxation|
|Three Heater 20||Jiaosun||Precise ear point|
|Three Heater 21||Ermen||Ear Gate|
|Three Heater 22||Erheliao||Ear Harmony Bone|
|Three Heater 23||Sizhukong||Silk Bamboo Hollow|
This is not an easy concept to get one’s head around, I’ve found. I’ve been to many talks, read lots of books about it and can’t say I feel certain of my knowledge.
But it is important for harmonising the body’s working. Often a treatment starts working better when you include a point on the Three Heater channel.
Chinese medicine discounts the importance of Three Heater 9, Sidu, while some Japanese acupuncturists regard it as one of their most important points! (I’ve learned to agree with the Japanese, by the way, although they locate it differently – and no, I haven’t completed my page on it yet.)
Some acupuncture points on meridians between elbow and finger-tips are particularly important. Since antiquity, acupuncturists have respected them for the special actions they perform. These actions are not just local to the points themselves but affect the metabolism of the body.
These special points are the Five Transport or Shu points.
In another context they become the Five Element points. Read our page on 5 Element theory to understand more about this.
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