SI3 (Small Intestine 3) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Houxi
English Name: Back Creek

Location: With the first loosely clenched, this point can be found proximal to the head of the 5th metacarpal at the end of the transverse palmar crease on the junction of the palmar and dorsal skin.


Shu-Stream point of the Small Intestine channel, reinforcing point of the Small Intestine channel (Mother/Son)


Relaxes the muscle channels, relaxes the tendons and muscles, clears the Shen, eliminates Wind, regulates sweating (reducing technique to stop sweating; reinforcing to create sweating), opens the Dumai, for all disorders of head, face, nape and neck.

Primary Indications:

Headache with stiff neck, red eyes, deafness, contracture of elbow.

Secondary Indications:

Arm and fingers, epilepsy, malaria.

Tertiary Indications:

Febrile diseases, night sweats, psychosis, epistaxis, paralysis of upper extremities.

Other Indications:

Hypertension, hysteria, membrane on the eye, intercostal neuralgia, low back pain, lower limb neuralgia, jaundice, fullness in the chest, hand tremor, common cold, plague, skin disease with itching, cold abcess.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Small Intestine channel:

(SI1, SI2, SI3, SI4, SI5, SI6, SI7, SI8, SI9, SI10, SI11, SI12, SI13, SI14, SI15, SI16, SI17, SI18, SI19)

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