Shaohai HE-3

Chinese: 少海

Pinyin: Shǎo Hǎi

Location

When the elbow is flexed slightly, Shaohai HE-3 is at the medial end of the transverse cubital crease, in the depression anterior to the medial epicondyle of the humerus. 

How to locate

This point should be located with the elbow slightly flexed and the forearm in a supinated position.

Find the ulnar end of the transverse cubital crease and palpate towards the medial epicondyle of the humerus. Shaohai HE-3 is located in a depression approximately midway between Quze P-3 and the medial epicondyle.

Another method, with the elbow fully flexed, HE-3 is located directly at the medial end of the transverse crease. 

Main actions

  1. Removes Channel Stagnation
  2. Calms the Mind
  3. Clears Heat

Needling

0.5–1.5 cun obliquely in a distal or proximal direction or vertically towards Quchi LI-11, which is also on the elbow. 

Commentary for Shaohai HE-3

Shaohai HE-3 is mostly used to clears Fire or Heat in the Heart regardless being Full or Empty Heat. Therefore, one of its most important functions is to calm the Mind, so as to ease manic behavior, mental restlessness or anxiety. It is also able to reduce redness in the eyes. 

On the other hand, it can be stimulated to remove Stagnation from the Channel. Therefore, it can treat symptoms such as pain in the Heart, axilla and elbow as well as chest fullness.