Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Tianfu : Palace of Heaven

Lu-3 : Hand Taiyin Lung 3

Window of Heaven

On the antero-lateral aspect of the upper arm, 3 cun inferior to the axillary fold and 6 cun superior to Chize LU-5, in the depression between the lateral border of the biceps brachii muscle and the shaft of the humerus

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 1 cun

According to the Systematic Classic moxa will cause counterflow and disordered qi

TCM Actions:
Clears lung heat and descends lung qi
Cools blood and stops bleeding
Calms the corporeal soul (po)

TCM Indications:
  • Wheezing, dyspnoea, cough, asthma, nosebleed, spitting blod, coughing blood, much spittle.
  • Somnolence, insomnia, sadness, weeping, disorientation and forgetfulness, floating corpse ghost talk, melancholy crying ghost talk.
  • Goitre, swelling of the throat, pain of the inner (antero-lateral) aspect of the upper arm, dizziness, swelling and distension of the body, malaria, purple white wind blotches (pityriasis versicolor), visual dizziness, short-sightedness.

    Superficial Innervation: Upper lateral cutaneous nerve of the arm from C5- C6
    Dermatome Segment: C6

    Ling Shu Ch. 21, On Cold and Heat Diseases, advises this point when Liver Qi stagnation causes bleeding from the nose and mouth. This is due to Liver Heat causing the Blood to move recklessly.

    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this to be the tip of the hand Taiyin meridian with the root being at Taiyuan Lu-9.

    Ling Shu Ch. 75, On Piercing to Regulate True and Evil Qi, recommends this point as part of the "Undressing" treatment. Its indications are when there is a surplus of Yang and insufficiency of Yin Qi causing Heat in the interior and exterior. The two heats combine to become hot like burning coal and they cannot bear to have clothes touch the skin or to lie on a mattress, the pores are closed and there is no sweating, the tongue is scorched, the lips are desiccated, the flesh dries up, the throat is parched and they cannot tell good from bad food. It is treated by removing the Heat from this point, Dazhu Bl-11 and Zhonglushu Bl-29, then supplementing the Taiyin channels of hand and foot, Lung and Spleen, to diminish the sweat. Presumably the initial piercings are supposed to induce the sweat or this contradicts the earlier symptom of the pores being closed and the sweat not leaving.


    In the Jade Purity Tradition this would be a suitable addition to the fourth trinity of Ghost Points (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).

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