(TH) Triple Heater Meridian - Point Locations Chart

You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, functions, precautions and the chinese and english names.

Points
Locations
TH 1 .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar side of the ring finger
TH 2 .5 cun proximal to the margin of the web between the ring and little fingers, in a depression proximal to the 4th MP joint
TH 3 With fist clenched, on the dorsum of the hand between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones in a depression proximal to the 4th MP joint
TH 4 On the transverse crease of the wrist in a depression on the ulnar side of the extensor digitorium communis tendon
TH 5 2 cun above TH 4 between the radious and the ulna on the TH 4 - TH 10 line - Japanese: slighly less than 2 cun proximal to TH 4
TH 6 3 cun above the TH 4 between the radius and the ulna on the radial side of the extensor digitorum muscle on line with the TH 4 and the tip of the olecranon
TH 7 Level with and 1 finger width from TH 6 on the radial border of the ulna
TH 8 4 cun above TH 4 between the radius and the ulna
TH 9 5 cun below the olecranon between the radius and the ulna on the ulnar side of the forearm
TH 10 1 cun superior to the olecranon in a depression formed with the elbow flexed
TH 11 With the elbow flexed, 1 cun above TH 10
TH 12 Midway between TH 11 and TH 13 on the line joining the olecranon and TH 14
TH 13 3 cun below TH 14 on the posterior border of the deltoid muscle, on the line joining the olecranon and TH 14
TH 14 On the shoulder, posterior to LI 15 in a depression inferior and posterior to the acromion when the arm is abducted
TH 15 Midway between GB 21 & SI 13 on the superior angle of the scapula
TH 16 Directly below the mastoid process, level with the mandibular angle on the posterior border of the SCM muscle (in line with SI 17 & GV 15)
TH 17 Posterior to the lobule of the ear in a depression between the mandible and the mastoid process
TH 18 In the center of the mastoid process at the junction of the middle and lower third of the curve formed by TH 17 - TH 20, posterior to the helix
TH 19 Posterior to the ear at the junction of the upper and middle third of the curve formed by TH 17 - TH 20, posterior to the helix ** Avoid Artery, No Bleeding **
TH 20 Directly above the ear apex within hairline
TH 21 Anterior to the supertragic notch and posterior to the border of the condyloid process of the mandible, found with the mouth open
TH 22 Anterior and superior to TH 21, level with the root of the auricle on the posterior border of the hairline of the temple where the superficial temporal artery passes ** Avoid Artery **
TH 23 In a depression at the lateral end of the eyebrow ** No Moxa **

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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