Small Intestine 3

organic-fire-acu-stick.pngAcupressure 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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Other Name(s) of Acupressure Point SI 3:

  • Houxi
  • Back Ravine
  • Back Stream
  • Posterior Vale

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of SI 3:

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

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Small Intestine 3:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations Using SI3:

Pain

Spasms

Hearing

Sleep Disorders

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.

References

Xu, T., Zhou, S., Zhang, Y., Yu, Y., Li, X., Chen, J., … Zhao, L. (2019). Acupuncture for chronic uncomplicated musculoskeletal pain associated with the spine: A systematic review protocol. Medicine98(2), e14055. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000014055

Oka, H., Matsudaira, K., Takano, Y., Kasuya, D., Niiya, M., Tonosu, J., … Inanami, H. (2018). A comparative study of three conservative treatments in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: lumbar spinal stenosis with acupuncture and physical therapy study (LAP study). BMC complementary and alternative medicine18(1), 19. doi:10.1186/s12906-018-2087-y

Cho, Y. H., Kim, C. K., Heo, K. H., Lee, M. S., Ha, I. H., Son, D. W., … Shin, B. C. (2015). Acupuncture for acute postoperative pain after back surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain15(3), 279–291. doi:10.1111/papr.12208

Koh, W., Kang, K., Lee, Y. J., Kim, M. R., Shin, J. S., Lee, J., … Ha, I. H. (2018). Impact of acupuncture treatment on the lumbar surgery rate for low back pain in Korea: A nationwide matched retrospective cohort study. PloS one13(6), e0199042. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0199042

Kim, K., Youn, Y., Lee, S. H., Choi, J. C., Jung, J. E., Kim, J., … Kim, T. H. (2018). The effectiveness and safety of nonsurgical integrative interventions for symptomatic lumbar spinal spondylolisthesis: A randomized controlled multinational, multicenter trial protocol. Medicine97(19), e0667. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000010667

Jiang, C., Li, Y., Guo, M., Li, X., Guo, J., Yu, S., & Lin, Z. (2018). Acupotomy therapy for lumbar disc herniation: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine97(40), e12624. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000012624