Sanjian LI3 Nomenclature, Functions, Indications, Method



San:two           jian:space/point
The term sanjian refers to the third point of lung meridian.


This point is on the radial border of the index finger, in a depression just distal to the metacarpophalangeal joint, when a loose fist is made.


Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 2 cun, directed towards Houxi SI-3.
Note: needle with the hand in a loose fist position.
Moxibustion is applicable.

Indications of sanjian:

This is one of the important point for disorders of finger joints, toothache. This point also benefits toothache, pain , swelling of throat and fever.


Shu stream point .


Needle with the hand in a loose fist position for accurate location and easy needling.

Read about other points of Large Intestine Meridian:

LI1-Shangyang-商阳    LI2-Erjian-二间     LI4-Hegu-合谷         LI5-Yangxi-阳溪      LI6-Painli-偏历 LI7-Wenliu-温溜         LI8-Xialian-下廉          LI9-Shanglian-上廉           LI10-Shousanli-手三里         LI11-Quchi-曲池 LI12-Zhouliao-肘髎         LI13-Shouwuli-手五里         LI14-Binao-臂臑            LI15-Jianyu-肩髃         LI16-Jugu-巨骨     LI17-Tianding-天鼎      LI18-Futu-扶突      LI19-Heliao-禾髎      LI20-Yingxiang-迎香

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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