ST 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

ST 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "ST 3" , 巨髎, is represented by "Juliao" in pinyin and "Great Bone-Hole" in english and may be found:

Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of the border of the ala nasi.


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

  • Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the cheek, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache.
  • Deviation from stroke, bell's palsy, facial paralysis.
  • Swelling of the knee (Deadman text).


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

  • Intersection Point of the ST, LI & Yangqiao Meridians.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. ST3, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Wind

ST 3 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Bells Palsy, Facial Pain, Knee Pain, Stroke (CVA), Toothache and/or Trigeminal Neuralgia

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Bitong (Local point for nasal issues - obstruction, conge…), GV 26 (One of two Command Points (with PC 6) added to th…), LI 19 (Sinus congestion. Nasal polyps, sores. Noseblee…), LI 20 (Loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, any nose…) and SI 18 (Local point for facial disorders, Bell's palsy, t…) are nearby.

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