Triple Burner Primary Channel

Chinese: 手少阳三焦经

Pinyin: Shǒu Shào Yáng Sān Jiāo Jīng

Triple Burner Primary Channel

Pathway for Triple Burner Primary Channel

The external pathway: 

  • The Triple Burner Primary Channel starts at Guanchong TB-1 at the corner nail of the ring finger, which connects to a branch of Pericardium Primary Channel at Laogong P-8 of the palm. 
  • It ascends along the ulnar side of the finger and then the dorsum of the hand between the forth and fifth metacarpal bones. 
  • It then continues ascending the posterior aspect of the forearm between the Large and Small Intestine Channels and also between the redius and ulna. 
  • Passing Tianjing ST-10 at the olecranon of the ulna, it runs up further along the postero-lateral aspect of the upper arm to the shoulder. 
  • After traversing the shoulder, it crosses Bingfeng SI-12 in the center of the suprascapular fossa and connects with other Yang Primary Channels at Dazhui DU-14, which is below the 7th spinous process (C7). 
  • It then flows to the anterior aspect of the body, crosses Jianjing GB-21 and enters the supraclavicular fossa at Quepen ST-12

The internal pathway: 

  • From ST-12, the Primary Channel goes internally.
  • It spreads between Shanzhong REN-17 and the breast, passes the Pericardium and penetrates the diaphragm. 
  • It finally enters the abdomen through Zhongwan REN-12 and connects with the Upper, Middle and Lower Burner. 
  • According to some books, the Primary Channel continues descending to Weiyang BL-39 at the popliteal fossa. It is said to be the lower Sea-He point of the Triple Burner. 

Branches: 

  • An internal branch separates from Shanzhong REN-17, back to supraclavicular fossa, where it emerges externally again. It then ascends the neck to Tianyou TB-16 at the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and Yifeng TB-17 behind the ear lob. 
    • From there, the main external sub-branch runs up further behind the ear and arrives at Jiaosun TB-20 above the ear apex. It then descends the cheek internally to the lower jaw and ascends again, arriving at Quanliao SI-18 on the lower border of zygoma. It terminates at the infraorbital region. 
    • From TB-17, another external subbranch enters the ear and intersects the Small Intestine Channel at Tinggong SI-19 and the Gall Bladder Channel at Shangguan GB-3. It then crosses the previous sub-branch on the cheek and terminate at Sizhukong TB-23 at the outer canthus of the eye. 

 

Triple Burner Divergent Channel

Chinese: 手少阳经别

Pinyin: Shǒu Shào Yáng Jīng Bié

Triple Burner Divergent Channel

Pathway for Triple Burner Divergent Channel

  • The Triple Burner Divergent Channel separates from the Primary Channel from Jiaosun ST-20 above the ear apex.
  • It ascends to Baihui DU-20 at the vertex. 
  • Then the Channel descends through the posterior aspect of the ear and the sternocleidomastoid muscle of the neck. Here it also intersects with the Triple Burner and Pericardium Primary Channel
  • Continuing descending to Quepen ST-12 in the supraclavicular fossa, it then runs through the chest, spreads in the Pericardium and finally terminates at the Upper, Middle and Lower Burners

Triple Burner Sinew Channel

Chinese: 手少阳经筋

Pinyin: Shǒu Shào Yáng Jīng Jīn

Triple Burner Sinew Channel

Pathway for Triple Burner Sinew Channel

  • The Triple Burner Sinew Channel originates at Guanchong TB-1, at the ulnar corner of the ring finger. 
  • Ascending the dorsum of the ring finger and the hand between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones, it then binds at Yangchi TB-4 at wrist. 
  • Between the Small and Large Intestine Sinew Channels and also between the redius and ulna, it continues ascending the posterior aspect of the forearm and binds at Tianjing ST-10 at the olecranon of the ulna. 
  • Continuing running up the upper arm, it binds at the posterior corner of the acromion. 
  • It travels up further to the posterior aspect of the shoulder and then the lateral aspect of the occiput where it connects to the Small Intestine Sinew Channel. 
  • It finally reaches the mandibular angle and separates into two branches: 
    • One branch goes internally and connects to the tongue root. 
    • The other branch runs up in front of the ear, then binds at the outer canthus of the eye. After crossing the temple, it terminates at Benshen GB-13 in the frontoparietal region, where it connects to the other Hand Yang Sinew Channel. 

Triple Burner Luo-Connecting Vessel System

Chinese: 手少阳络脉

Pinyin: Shǒu Shào Yáng Luò Mài

Triple Burner Luo-Connecting Vessel System

Pathway for Triple Burner Luo-Connecting Vessel System

  • The Triple Burner Luo-Connecting Vessel System separates from the Primary Channel at Waiguan TB-5 which is the Channel's Luo-Connecting point. 
  • From there it forms a three-dimensional reticular network composed of various branches and subbranches.