LU 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

LU 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LU 3" , 天府, is represented by "Tian Fu" in pinyin and "Celestial Storehouse" in english and may be found:

3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.


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

  • Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goiters, swellings in the neck.
  • Lung related spirit disharmonies - stress induced asthma, poor memory, fuzzy/muddled thinking, depression, "floating corpse ghost talk", "melancholy crying ghost talk" (classical descriptions possibly for seeing ghost, talking about ghosts a/or people who have died, being in constant long-term grief about someone who has passed, etc.).
  • LV invading the LU pathologies.
  • Generally for heat related issues whether from excess or deficiency - nosebleed, coughing blood.

LU 3 has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid Moxa (MX)


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

Explore lu 3 functional grouping theory - Sky Window.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LU3, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Lung Dryness and/or Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat

LU 3 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Asthma, Depression, Goiter and/or Nosebleed (Epistaxis)

While not necessarily valid clinically, LI 14 (Local point for pain in the shoulder and upper ar…) and PC 2 (Opens the chest and invigorates the blood - cardi…) are nearby.

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