SJ6 (Sanjiao 6) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Zhigou
English Name: Branching Ditch

Location: On the dorsal surface of the forearm, 3 cun above the transverse wrist crease, between the radius and the ulna.


Jing-River point of the Sanjiao channel.


Spreads the Qi, removes stagnation of Qi, disperses obstruction; opens the intestines; removes obstruction from the intestines, regional actions on sides/rib: "To treat the sides, Zhigou presides" (Eigh Dominant Points Song), treats the hypochondrium ("Xie" is literally "the upper part of the sides of the body" hence "sides" is a more adequate translation than hypochondrium).

Primary Indications:

Sudden loss of voice, shoulder ache/heaviness, pain in chest and sides.

Secondary Indications:

Febrile diseases.

Tertiary Indications:

Constipation, tinnitus, deafness, vomiting, post-partum vertigo.

Other Indications:

Sudden influenza, apical pulmonary catarrh, insufficient lactation, amenorrhoea, belching, skin diseases, trismus.


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 Sanjiao channel:

(SJ1, SJ2, SJ3, SJ4, SJ5, SJ6, SJ7, SJ8, SJ9, SJ10, SJ11, SJ12, SJ13, SJ14, SJ15, SJ16, SJ17, SJ18, SJ19, SJ20, SJ21, SJ22, SJ23)

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