LI 3 Acupuncture Point(Sanjian) belongs to the Large Intestine Meridian of Hnad-yangming,which is commonly used for sore throat, toothache, eye pain, chest and abdomen fullness, asthma, fever,swelling on the back of the hand and other diseases.

LI 3 Acupuncture Point Location

On the radial side of the index finger, proximal to the head of the 2nd metacarpal bone.

erjian acupoint

What is the meaning of Sanjian

Sanjian:San,Third,the approximate number.Jian,gap.The name of “Sanjian” means that the qi of this acupoint is slightly higher spatial level than that of Erjian. The substance of this acupoint is the Qi  from LI 2 acupuncture point(Erjian). After ascending to Sanjian scupoint, the position of the heaven is higher than that of Erjian acupoint, hence the name.

LI 3 Acupuncture Point Usage

  • Body heat, headache, sore throat, dry mouth, toothache, epistaxis and eye pain;
  • Chest distress, wheezing, abdominal distension and bowel, diarrhea and dysentery;
  • shoulder and arm pain, upper limb paralysis; fingers and back of hands swelling and pain, poor flexion and extension of fingers,shoulder periarthritis.
  • Tonsillitis, toothache, trigeminal neuralgia, acute conjunctivitis, glaucoma, etc.

LI 3 Acupuncture Point Therapy

Massage therapy

Use your thumb to press Sanjian acupoint  for 100 to 200 times a day,It can prevent and treat throat and eye diseases if long-term massage it.

Moxibustion therapy

Mild moxibustion on Sanjian acupoint with moxa sticks for 5 to 20 minutes, once a day,It can relieve abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Gua Sha therapy

Scrape Sanjian acupoint vertically from top to bottom with right intensity, which can relieve throat swelling and pain.

LI 3 Acupoint Compatibility

Borborygmus: Sanjian, Shenque,Shuifen.

Toothache: Sanjian, Chengjiang,Xiache, Hegu, Lieque.

Throat disorders: Sanjian, Yangxi.

Head fever and expistaxis: Sanjian, Zhongguan, LI 6(Pianli), LiDui, Chengjin, Jinggu, Kunlun, Chengshan, Feiyang, Yinbai.

Dry mouth: Sanjian, Shaoze ,Taichong.

Eye pain: Sanjian, Qiangu.

Typhoid fever: Sanjian, Quchi, Hegu, Guanchong, Shaochong, Weizhong, Taixi, Jianshi.

Full chest: Sanjian, Jingqu, Yangxi, Houxi, Jianshi, Yangling, Sanli, LR 8(Ququan), Zulinqi.

Respite: Sanjian, Shangyang.