SP 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

SP 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SP 3" , 太白, is represented by "Taibai" in pinyin and "Supreme White" in english and may be found:

Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphalangeal joint in a depression at the junction of the red and white skin.


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

  • SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pathologies - abdominal a/or epigastric pain, digestive issues, heart pain.
  • Muscle atrophy in the lower legs, heaviness in the body.
  • Main treatment point of Lung Sho pattern (with LU 9) - in Japanese style Five Phase treatment protocol. Also the main point of Spleen Sho pattern (with PC 7).


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

Explore sp 3 functional groupings theory - Five Shu and/or YuanLuo.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. SP3, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Spleen Qi Deficiency and/or Spleen Yang Deficiency

SP 3 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Abdominal Pain, Digestive Issues, Epigastric Pain, Heart Disease and/or Muscle Weakness

While not necessarily valid clinically, LV 3 (Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin -…) are nearby.

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