Small Intestine 3

SI3 Acupressure Pointessential oils for acupressure points

Apply the Fire Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate points on the Small Intestine Channel. Acupressure point Small Intestine 3 is mainly used for pain of the neck, upper back, and spine. It is coupled with acupressure point Bladder 62 to activate what is known as an extraordinary vessel; in this case, the Du channel. The Small Intestine acupuncture channel traverses the scapula area of the upper back; the Bladder channel traverses the entire back; the Du acupuncture channel runs up the spine. When combined, these two points are used to treat pain in the back most effectively.

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Location of Acupressure Point SI3

On the ulnar edge of the hand where the red and white skin meet, proximal to the head of the fifth metacarpal head. Apply the Fire Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to Acupressure Point Small Intestine 3 to activate the healing potential of the pressure point.



Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations Using SI3

Painneck pain remedy with essential oils

In the case of pain of the back:

With neck pain:

Consider using our natural herbal topical remedies for neck pain

For Shoulder pain:

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In the case of wrist pain or carpal tunnel syndrome due to overuse of hand as in working at a computer:


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Other Name(s) of Acupressure Point SI 3

  • Houxi
  • Back Ravine
  • Back Stream
  • Posterior Vale

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupuncture Point SI 3

  • Shu or Stream Point
  • Wood Point
  • Coupled Point for the Du Mai
  • Point of Summer

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point Small Intestine 3

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.



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