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Acupuncture Meridian Points Heal Triple Warmer Function & Symptoms



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  How do Acupuncture Channel Points Heal Triple Warmer Function & Symptoms?

The San Jiao is known within TCM literature to be the major organ in charge of controlling and maintaining the correct flow of Qi, Blood, and diverse body fluids throughout the entire body. In Chapter 48 of my book titled The ‘Mystical’ TCM Triple Energizer. Its Elusive Location and Morphology Defined, I discuss the practical application of using the acupuncture points of the Triple Burner and how to optimize treatment outcomes by means of acupuncture point combinations as outlined by very authoritative sources.

Also in my book I confirm that the Triple Warmer (‘the official in charge of irrigation and it controls the water passages’) is an all-pervading hydroelectric metasystem that engineers the water under its control to dynamically react with the omnipresent hydrophilic connective tissues, fascia, and membranes that pervade every intracellular and extracellular structure of the whole body. This hydroelectric power station entails the catalytic properties of omnipresent biophotons derived from the Sun to activate the hydroelectric processes that govern ALL of the biochemical and physiological processes required to engender and sustain ‘life’.

I aim to vindicate the Sanjiao (Triple Warmer) which I believe is the original organ formed during embryogenesis, that has been robbed of its supreme importance and denied a proper understanding, and denigrated to the lowly position of a ghost-organ with only ‘a name but no form’ that supposedly only has functionality, while bizarrely having no morphology. That simply can’t be.

This easy-reading original book is essential for anyone wanting to know about how the highly important LITERAL fu organ does indeed possess form and where the Sanjiao is situated. In Chapter 48 I discuss the practical application of acupuncture points to treat problems associated with the Triple Energizer. Especially note the last section I quote from, namely Chapter 48.21, where the heading says it all – The Location of Body Fluid Pathologies Elucidates the Elusive Morphology and Location of the San Jiao. This highly original book can be securely bought by clicking the ‘BUY NOW’ button at the bottom of this page. 

48.1 The Control of Qi and Blood throughout the Body

Regarding the internal/external relationship of the Pericardium and the San Jiao, in the 1990 article titled ‘The Use of the Sanjiao Theory in Clinical Acupuncture’ (215), Lao explains that the Sanjiao controls Qi, and the Pericardium controls blood throughout the body. The acupoint Waiguan SJ-5 connects the San Jiao channel with the Pericardium channel via the Yangwei extraordinary channel, and the acupoint Neiguan P-6 connects the Pericardium channel with the San Jiao channel via the Yin Wei extraordinary channel. Communication between the inner and the outer occurs via these two points. This characteristic exemplifies the TCM concept of the interdependence of Yin and Yang and Qi and Blood within the body. Lao stresses the importance of the theory of the San Jiao as its machinations explain the intricacies regarding the physiological phenomena as per the TCM paradigm. While the San Jiao channel itself is important in disease treatment protocol, the San Jiao also supplies Yuan Qi at the 12 Yuan points of the 12 main channels.

48.3 Practical Application of Some Yuan Points in Acupuncture Treatments

As a practical treatment example, the brilliant article by Lao (215) advises that Professor Yang often combines the three Yuan points (Taiyuan LU-9, Taixi KID-3, and Taibai SP-3) to treat cases of deficiency of Lung, Kidney, and Spleen respectively, where the San Jiao fails to drain fluids and water and damp overflow and where symptoms of unregulated urination and edema of the limbs appear. The article (215) eloquently explains that Yuan acupoints motivate the driving force of the Yuan Qi and subsequently calm the flow of Qi within the organs and ensure the smooth progression of Blood and Qi inside the channels. Yuan points rectify perverse conditions caused by Qi obstruction in the organs, and Yuan points can reduce pain by amending the rebellious and disharmonious flow of Qi and blood. Further examples of using Yuan points in the article include the use of Taiyuan LU-9 to treat rebellious Qi in chest Bi and distended pain in the breasts, and it is advantageous for old age. Daling P-7 is significant in its treatment of shortness of breath and pain in the flanks and chest and pronounced hiccups. Qiuxu GB-40 is beneficial to treat aches and pains in the flanks and in the chest.

48.5 Special Notes Regarding the Clinical Use of the Points of the San Jiao Channel

The San Jiao organ complex is Yang in nature and is one of the six Fu. Subsequently, the main indications for use of points on the San Jiao channel are determined by their being points on a Yang channel. San Jiao points mostly treat disorders on the exterior of the body and conditions of Shi and heat. However, the San Jiao channel also pertains to the Kidney and allows the distribution of Yuan Qi; therefore, its points do have special properties.

48.6 The Use of San Jiao Points for the Treatment of Auricular Disease

Regarding the use of San Jiao points for the treatment of auricular diseases, in the article, Lao (215) explains that to treat auricular diseases irrespective of the aetiology, Professor Yang selects the main points from the San Jiao channel. Lao notes that because Jing-Well points are used to disperse wind and clear heat, bleeding Guanchong SJ-1 removes wind-heat conditions of the ear. Similarly, because Ying-Spring points are especially beneficial for clearing heat, Yemen SJ-2 is beneficial for treating ear conditions due to flaring heat. As the Yuan point has the property of tonifying and strengthening the Yuan Qi, the Yuan point Yangchi SJ-4 is very beneficial for ear conditions due to Kidney deficiency. Further to the preceding acupoints, Lao noted that Waiguan SJ-5 is the major acupoint for remedying any form of auricular disease.

48.8 The Use of the Luo Point of the San Jiao to Treat Alternating Cold and Heat

In the article, Lao (215) notes that acupoints along the San Jiao and the Gallbladder channels are used to eliminate pathogenic factors within the Shao Yang and to remedy conditions of alternating cold and heat and, in extreme cases, malaria, which is vexing the Shao Yang. Because Waiguan SJ-5 is the Luo acupoint on the San Jiao channel, the Confluent (Meeting) point of the Yangwei channel, and also the meeting point of the Shaoyang and Jueyin channels of the arm, Waiguan SJ-5 is the primary point of the San Jiao channel, dredges and clears the channels, regulates Qi and moves blood, and penetrates and regulates the San Jiao.

48.10 Relaxing the ‘Membranes’ and Regulating the Cou Li Space According to Maciocia

In his article ‘The Triple Burner as a System of Cavities and a Three-Fold Division of the Body’, Maciocia (18) states:

To regulate the Triple Burner in the abdomen and relax the Membranes, one can use Ren-5 Shimen (Front-Mu point of the Triple Burner), Ren-6 Yuan point of the Membranes (Huang) and BL-22 Sanjiaoshu (Back-Shu point of the Triple Burner).

To regulate the Cou Li space one needs to regulate the Triple Burner and the Wei Qi with points such as LU-7 Lieque, LU-9 Taiyuan, L.I.-4 Hegu, ST-36 Zusanli and BL- 13 Feishu. For example, to consolidate the Cou Li space one can use LU-9 Taiyuan, L.I.-4 Hegu, BL-13 Feishu and ST-36 Zusanli. To ‘relax’ the Cou Li space, one can use LU-7 Lieque and L.I.-4 Hegu.

Note from the first paragraph above that the points Ren-5 and Ren-6 are the Mu points of the Triple Burner and Yuan point of Membranes respectively and are side by side. I find it intriguing that these two points are side by side and that, remarkably, Ren-6 is the only point on the Conception Vessel meridian that is only one half a cun away from its neighboring points Ren-5 and Ren-7, while all the other Conception Vessel meridian points are at one cun intervals. That makes Ren-5 and Ren-6 very close. I propose that this amazing closeness of points is because the Triple Burner is intimately related to and connected with the Huang membrane complex of the body and that these two points express the oneness of the Triple-Energizer Metasystem and the connective tissue/membrane metasystem, that I call the Connective-Tissue Metasystem. I subsequently suggest that the point combination of Ren-5 (Front-Mu point of the Triple Burner) and Ren-6 (Yuan point of the Membranes (Huang)) when combined with Triple Energizer 4, which is the Yuan-Source point of the San Jiao Meridian, is very powerful for boosting the San Jiao. Remember that Li Chiung stated, ‘The Triple Burner represents nothing but membranes.’

48.11 Specifics to Think about When You See Problems in the TE Channel

In 2012, acupuncturist Kimberly Thompson (46) posted an article entitled ‘What the Heck Is a Triple Energizer Anyway?’ on the website. In the article, she noted that all the many fluids associated with the Triple Energizer initially stemmed from and eventually returned to the Blood via the capillaries. Thompson suggested that the Triple Energizer can be used to treat medical conditions in four different categories. The Triple Energizer is involved in metabolic disorders due to the fluid interchange at the cellular level because the TE manage the removal and transportation of cellular waste products. The TE’s portfolio includes digestion because it manages the fluids surrounding all the organs and it also regulates peristaltic movement throughout the entire alimentary canal. As hormones are circulated throughout the body via body fluids and the TE controls the flow and distribution of body fluids, the TE subsequently regulate the hormonal system of the body. The TE is also instrumental in the development of obesity as it regulates the membranous greater omentum, which forms a fatty apron that hangs over the lower abdomen; voluminous fatty deposits can be stored there, leading to obesity. 

48.15 BL-22 Powerfully Treats Pathological Dampness in the Lower Burner

Regarding the relationship between the Triple Burner and the Kidneys, Maciocia (216) eloquently explains that the Triple Burner Back-Shu Point, BL-22, is the cardinal point to ensure that the Water passages in the Lower Burner are open and the functions of transformation and transportation of fluids perform correctly and that dirty fluids are excreted. When fluid processing and waste excretion are correctly managed, Dampness does not accumulate in the Lower Burner. He points out that when fluid-handling pathology does occur, BL-22 (Sanjiaoshu) resolves Dampness and opens and clears the Water passages, especially in the Lower Burner. Subsequently, Bladder 22 is used to treat conditions related to fluid imbalance in the Lower Burner, including urinary retention, turbid urine, blood in the urine, difficult or painful urination, edema in the lower abdomen, and edema of the legs.

48.20.1 San Jiao Organ Disorder

Disorders of the San Jiao organ manifest as dysfunction of the movement and metabolism of fluids. Chapter 4 of the Ling Shu describes how dysfunction of the San Jiao can lead to an accumulation of water, which manifests as abdominal fullness, difficult or urgent urination, and edema. It suggests using Weiyang BL-39 as the main point for such indications. Not only does Weiyang BL-39 serve as the lower He-sea point of the San Jiao, it is also a Urinary Bladder point. Because such an important point for treating San Jiao pathology is located on the Urinary Bladder channel, it further illustrates the point that the San Jiao ‘belongs’ to the Urinary Bladder system and emphasizes the idea in the Nei Jing that the San Jiao is highly related to the passage of water throughout the body.

48.20.2 San Jiao Channel Disorder

If the San Jiao channel is diseased, the resulting signs and symptoms will follow the trajectory of the primary and luo-connecting channels of the hand shaoyang (San Jiao). According to Chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, ‘When the San Jiao hand shaoyang channel is disordered, the symptoms are deafness, sore and swollen throat, sweating, pain in the outer canthus and pain along the pathway of the channel, including the face, behind the ear, and down the outside of the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm and ring finger.’ Note that amongst these clinical manifestations of San Jiao channel disorder, no mention is made of problems involving fluid metabolism. Because San Jiao channel disorder does not involve fluids, there is therefore no need to use the lower He-sea point for the San Jiao. Treatment instead involves choosing points along the San Jiao channel. The same chapter of the Nei Jing Ling Shu also states, ‘If the hand shaoyang luo channel has excess, the symptoms are spasm of the arm and rigidity. If the luo channel is deficient the arm is loose and flaccid.’ For either of these conditions, Waiguan SJ-5 is the point of choice for treatment, needled with reinforcing technique in cases of deficiency or reducing the point in cases of excess.

San Jiao channel and organ disorders therefore manifest in very different ways. To treat San Jiao organ disorder, we use the lower Hesea point of the San Jiao to directly affect water metabolism, whereas for the channel disorder, we use points along the San Jiao channel that have no function in terms of water metabolism.

48.21 The Location of Body Fluid Pathologies Elucidates the Elusive Morphology and Location of the San Jiao

Various body fluid pathologies occur with fluids circulating throughout the San Jiao system when it is out of the qihua condition. Such a qihua condition occurs when transformational harmony is lost. What is important to note is that when the fluids have lost their correct qihua condition, the resultant stagnations and accumulations of perverse dampness, edema, and phlegm occur throughout the body at the locations associated with the fluid disharmony. Thus, the resultant problem could be edema in the feet, glomerulonephritis in the kidneys, ascites (water stagnation) in the abdominal cavity, or puffiness under the eyes. As these San Jiao fluid pathologies can occur from the head to the feet, this confirms that the physical morphology and location of the San Jiao occupies membranous tissue types also present from the head to the feet. The San Jiao is truly an omnipresent organ, and as stated by Li Chiung while discussing the 38th Difficult Issue in the Nan Ching, ‘the Triple Burner represents nothing but membranes’.


(18) Maciocia, G., ‘The Triple Burner as a System of Cavities and a Three-Fold Division of the Body’ (2011). Available from <>.

(46) Thompson, K., ‘What the Heck Is a Triple Energizer Anyway?’ (12 July 2012). Available from <>.

(215) Lao, T. L., ‘The Use of the Sanjiao Theory in Clinical Acupuncture’, Journal of Chinese Medicine, 34 (1990), 20–22.

(216) Maciocia, G., ‘Triple Burner and Yuan Qi: Bladder 22 and Ren 5’ (16 March 2010). Available from <>.


I wish to sincerely thank Dr Paul U. Unschuld for the selfless and tireless work he has committed to make many ancient Chinese medical classics available in English for study and research. My book is based predominantly around his scholarly work ‘Nan-Ching: The Classic of Difficult Issues’. I also wish to sincerely thank Professor Unschuld for permission to use citations of his translation in my book. His translation of ‘Nan-Ching: The Classic of Difficult Issues’ can be purchased from the following link:

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