TH 6

Acupuncture Point Theory

TH 6 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "TH 6" , 支溝, is represented by "Zhigou" in pinyin and "Branch Ditch" in english and may be found:

3 cun above TH 4 between the radius and ulna on the radial side of the extensor digitorum muscle on the TH 4 and tip of the olecranon line.


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

  • Effects the Triple Warmer in the following ways:
  • Lower: Constipation due to stagnation and heat in the body.
  • Middle: Issues with the chest & hypochondrium, often used with GB 34 for chest & rib pain, also "sudden turmoil disorder" (vomiting & diarrhea).
  • Upper: Febrile diseases with no sweating, eye redness & pain, ear pain, inflammation.  


Th 6 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

While not necessarily valid clinically, LI 6 (Luo Connecting Point, influences the descending a…) are nearby.

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