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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.

Nature:

Jing-River point of the Sanjiao channel.

Functions:

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.

References:

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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