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Acupressure Point TE3: Triple Energizer 3 or Zhong Zhu (Central Islet)

Zhong Zhu (TE3) is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain.

Zhong Zhu (TE3) is commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain. This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th fingers behind the knuckles. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point in the groove then (2) use a deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 4-5 seconds.

Locate the point in the groove between the 4th and 5th knuckles

Apply strong pressure into the depression

Massage and simulate the point for 4-5 seconds

The stimulation of Zhong Zhu (TE3) was shown in a functional MRI scan to excite the frontal and temporal lobes as well as the occipital lobe and the cerebellum [1]. This suggests that Zhong Zhu (TE3) may have an effect for patients with clinical conditions related to those areas. In a clinical study, Zhong Zhu (TE3) was stimulated with acupuncture or moxibustion to treat cervical vertigo; both treatment methods showed good therapeutic effects but moxibustion yielded a higher effective rate out of the 78 clinical cases [2].

 

References

  1. Tian LF, Zhou C, Chen M, Zou MZ, Yang ZH. [Study of the relationship between the acupoints of Zhongzhu (TE 3), Yanglingquan (GB 34) and their corresponding cortical areas with the functional MRI]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Jul;29(7):561-4. [Article in Chinese]
  2. Xiaoxiang Z. Jinger [Ginger] moxibustion for treatment of cervical vertigo –a report of 40 cases. J Tradit Chin Med. 2006 Mar;26(1):17-8.

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