HT 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

HT 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "HT 3" , 少海, is represented by "Shao Hai" in pinyin and "Lesser Sea" in english and may be found:

With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital crease and the medial epicondyle of the humerus.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands - Parkinson's, stroke.
  • Good local point to move the Qi and Blood.
  • Spirit disorders from phlegm a/or heat etiologies - epilepsy, depression, anxiety, nervousness, poor memory, fuzzy thinking.
  • Water Point - redness of the eyes, mouth ulcerations.


Ht 3 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore ht 3 functional grouping theory - Five Shu.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. HT3, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

HT 3 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Canker Sores (Cold Sores), Depression, Epilepsy (Seizure), Eye Problems, Forgetfulness, Parkinson's Disease (PD) and/or Stroke (CVA)

While not necessarily valid clinically, LI 11 (Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 big…), LU 5 (He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea…), PC 3 (Chronic angina - palpitations, anxiety, panic att…), SI 8 (Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbne…) and TH 10 (Transforms phlegm, reduce lymph swellings, thyroi…) are nearby.

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