Points Database

Location Guides:

: Shaohai : Lesser Sea

He-3 : Hand Shaoyin Heart 3

Classifications:
He-Sea and Water point

Location:
Midway between Queze P-3 and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, at the medial end of the transverse cubital crease

Needling:
Oblique insertion distally or proximally, or directed towards Quchi L.I.-11, 0.5 - 1.5 cun

Warning:
According to a number of classical sources this point is contraindicated to moxibustion


TCM Actions:
Calms the spirit, transforms phlegm and clears heat
Activates the channel and alleviates pain

TCM Indications:
  • Heart pain, fullness of the chest, pain of the axilla, and lateral costal region, mania and laughter, epilepsy, tongue thrusting, poor memory, vomiting of foamy (watery) saliva, scrofula.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Medial cutaneous nerve of the forearm from C8 - T1
    Dermatome Segment: T1

    Notes:
    Ling Shu Ch. 71, On Evil Visitors, says that when a depletion evil is in the Lung and Heart it remains in two elbows. Yuen's theory of the Divergent meridians suggests that they store pathogens at the major joints, depleting our resources while they do, which would make this a potential point for for the Heart/Small Intestine Divergent, although elsewhere in the chapter is says that the Heart is only treated through Shenmen He-7.

    Medieval phlebotomy point (Hans von Gersdorff, 1517: Feldtbüch der Wundartzney, www.nlm.nih.gov)

    Galen mentions the basilic vein at the inner elbow and therefore this point specifically for disorders of the lower neck and the cephalic (humeral) vein at Chize Lu-5 for disorders of the upper neck, face and head (ibid.: p.91).

    Hippocrates mentions venesection at the internal vein of the elbow, probably at this point, for dysuria in his Aphorisms and on the left side in disease of the spleen and the right side for hepatitis in his Internal Diseases (ibid.: p.114-115).

    The Appendix to the Regimen on Acute Diseases attributed to Hippocrates suggests bleeding the internal vein of the arm (here or perhaps Zhizheng SI-7) for the pain of pneumonia or pleuritis that spreads up to the clavicle, around the breast or to the arm, or from the right arm in cases of loss of speech in acute conditions (ibid.: p.117).

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Bleeding point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)


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