SP-3 Supreme White TAIBAI - Acupuncture Points

| December 13, 2010 | 0 Comments | 3,569 views

Location
SP-3 Supreme White TAIBAI - Acupuncture Points ) On the medial aspect of the foot, in the depression proximal to the head of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the border of the red and white skin.
How to find
When palpating along the border of the red and white skin on the medial aspect of the foot from distal (toes) to proximal (ankle), the metatarsophalangeal joint forms a prominent landmark.
SP-3 is located just proximal to this joint in a clearly palpable depression, which marks the junction of the head and the shaft of the 1st metatarsal bone.
Located in a comparable position is ➞ BL-65 (proximal to the head of the 5th metatarsal bone) on the lateral border of the foot. In comparable locations on the borders of the hand are ➞ L.I.-3 on the radial aspect and ➞S.I.-3 on the ulnar aspect of the hand.
Needling
0.5–1 cun vertically or obliquely from medial towards lateral.
Caution: Needling this point tends to be painful.
Actions/Indications
● Tonifies the Spleen, harmonises the Lower Burner
● Eliminates Dampness and Damp-Heat
● Regulates Qi locally
Special features
Yuan-source point, shu-stream point, Earth point, ben point (Five Phases). Important point for tonifying the Spleen.

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