LU 3 Acupuncture Point(Tianfu) belongs to the lung meridian of hand-Taiyin, which is commonly used for relieving bronchitis, cough, wheezing, and anterolateral pain of the upper arm.

Location of LU 3 Acupuncture Point

3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

Tianfu acupoint

What is the meaning of Tianfu

Tianfu,Tian,refers to the Heaven,Fu,refers to gateway. The name of “Tianfu” means that this acupoint is the gate of the lung meridian, where the yang-qi is transferred to the heavens. The substance of this point is transported from the Yunmen point. Compared with the temperature at the Tianfu point, the temperature of the Qi from the Yunmen point is still high,so the Qi at the Tianfu point is still heat dissipation, condensation, and cold drop.The yang-qi of heat dissipated go to the heaven. The name of “Tianfu” is to emphasize this change of Qi in the acupoint, hence the name.

What is LU 3 Acupuncture Point used for

  • LV invading the LU pathologies.
  • Generally for heat related issues whether from excess or deficiency – nosebleed, coughing blood.
  • Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow – goiters, swellings in the neck.
  • Lung related spirit disharmonies – stress induced asthma, poor memory, fuzzy/muddled thinking, depression, “floating corpse ghost talk”, “melancholy crying ghost talk” (classical descriptions possibly for seeing ghost, talking about ghosts a/or people who have died, being in constant long-term grief about someone who has passed, etc.).

LU 3 Acupuncture Point therapy

Frequently rub and press Tianfu acupoint with middle fingertips for 1-3 minutes on the left and right sides, it can prevent rhinitis, nasal congestion, and asthma if long-term massage.

Acupoint Compatibility

Combined with Quchi point to treat arm pain.

Combined with Jianyu and Quze to treat upper arm pain.

Combined with HeGu to treatt epistaxis.

Combined with Nuohui, Qishe, Jianshi, Taichong, Taixi to treat goiter qi hyperthyreosis.