(TH) Triple Heater Meridian - Point Functions Chart

The TH Meridian

Below you will find clinical usage information for all points along the (TH) Triple Heater Meridian . You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, clinical usages, and related patterns and conditions.

The (TH) Triple Heater Meridian has 23 Acupuncture Points

TH 1

  • TH 1  Passage Hub
    • Similar to TH 3 which is used more clinically.

TH 2

  • TH 2  Humor Gate
    • Similar to TH 3 which is used more clinically

TH 4

  • TH 4  Yang Pool
    • Dorsal wrist issues such as strains, sprains or subluxations.
    • Wasting & thirsting disorder, regulates water metabolism, alleviates dry mouth a/or thirst.
    • Moxa to tonify the Yang of the body

TH 5

  • TH 5  Outer Pass
    • Beginning exterior conditions, tonify for wind-cold, cold-damp & sedate for wind-heat, fever.
    • Headache from exterior wind as well as migraines and headaches in any area especially with stiffness or pain in the posterior and lateral aspects of the neck.
    • Upper limb disorders including the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.
    • Shaoyang stage diseases - alternating fever and chills, etc.
    • Luo connecting point of the TH connects to the PC, TH 5 & PC 6 as master points of the Yang Wei and Yin Wei respectively can effect the balance of yin and yang in the body. If right pulse is stronger than the left (more Qi than Blood) disperse TH 5 & tonify PC 6 and vice versa

TH 6

  • TH 6  Branch Ditch
    • Effects the Triple Warmer in the following ways:
    • Lower: Constipation due to stagnation and heat in the body.
    • Middle: Issues with the chest & hypochondrium, often used with GB 34 for chest & rib pain, also "sudden turmoil disorder" (vomiting & diarrhea).
    • Upper: Febrile diseases with no sweating, eye redness & pain, ear pain, inflammation. 

TH 7

  • TH 7  Convergence and Gathering
    • Local Point.

TH 8

  • TH 8  Three Yang Connection
    • Sudden deafness, acute or chronic loss of voice, apahsia, combine with HT 5 & CV 23.

TH 9

  • TH 9  Four Rivers
    • Local Point.

TH 10

  • TH 10  Celestial Well
    • Transforms phlegm, reduce lymph swellings, thyroid disorders.
    • Elbow pain, tendonitis.
    • One-sided headache, migraines.
    • Useful for depression a/or anxiety, especially with chest pain or oppression, angina a/or palpitations.
    • Epilepsy (phlegm obstruction), possibly mania as well.
    • Differentiation:
    • TH 5 is for headache anywhere whereas TH 10 is specifically for one-sided headaches

TH 11

  • TH 11  Clear Cold Abyss
    • Local Point.

TH 12

  • TH 12  Dispersing Riverbed
    • Local Point.

TH 14

  • TH 14  Shoulder Bone Hole
    • Shoulder problems, especially those involving the lateral or posterior aspects of the shoulder

TH 15

  • TH 15  Celestial Bone Hole
    • Local Point.

TH 16

  • TH 16  Celestial Window
    • Local Point.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the occipital artery and the vertebral artery.  Useful for occipital issues, glaucoma, etc. 
    • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

TH 17

  • TH 17  Wind Screen
    • Wind problems deriving from internal or external sources, Bell's palsy.
    • Ear problems, tinnitus, deafness, acute earache due to wind cold

TH 18

  • TH 18  Spasm Vessel
    • Local Point.

TH 19

  • TH 19  Skull Rest
    • Local Point.

TH 20

  • TH 20  Angle Vertex
    • Local Point.

TH 21

  • TH 21  Ear Gate
    • Ear problems of an excess or deficient nature, tinnitus, deafness, earache.
    • TMJ problems, upper jaw toothache, combine with ST 6 & ST 7

TH 22

  • TH 22  Harmony Bone Hole
    • Local Point.

TH 23

  • TH 23  Silk Bamboo Hole
    • Eye pain, redness, swelling, twitching, drooping eyelid.
    • Liver Wind or Liver Fire headache, combine with local points

TH 13

  • TH 13 Upper Arm Convergence
    • Local Point

TH 3

  • TH 3 Central Islet
    • Ear Problems of any etiology such as excess tinnitus, especially those arising from a LV issue such as LV Qi Stagnation or LV Yin Deficiency.
    • Distal point for temporal headaches, shoulder a/or upper back pain, pain a/or inflammation in the throat.
    • Eye diseases with GB 37.

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