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

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