TH 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

TH 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "TH 3" , 中渚, is represented by "Zhongzhu" in pinyin and "Central Islet" in english and may be found:

With fist clenched on dorsum of the hand between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones in a depression proximal to the 4th Metacarpalphalangeal joint.


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

  • Ear Problems of any etiology such as excess tinnitus, especially those arising from a LV issue such as LV Qi Stagnation or LV Yin Deficiency.
  • Distal point for temporal headaches, shoulder a/or upper back pain, pain a/or inflammation in the throat.
  • Eye diseases with GB 37.


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

While not necessarily valid clinically, HT 8 (HT Fire effecting the SI effecting the UB, heat d…) and SI 3 (Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. …) are nearby.

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