San Jiao 21

San Jiao Meridian


The San Jiao meridian is also known as the Triple Heater or Triple Warmer meridian.

The San Jiao meridian is one of the three Yang meridians located on the arm.

“The San Jiao, or three visceral cavities, promote the transformation and transportation of water and fluids throughout the body.” – Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine

The San Jiao itself is not a physical organ.  San Jiao means “three burners.” The idea is that in each cavity of the torso (the pelvis, abdomen, chest), there are energy centers that create heat. These centers are often compared to the chakras in Ayurvedic medicine.

The San Jiao meridian begins at the first San Jiao point (SJ 1), located at the end of the 4th finger. The meridian runs up the center of the back of the arm, across the shoulder blade area, then up the neck, and around the ear.  The last point on the San Jiao meridian is SJ 23, located at the lateral edge of the eye brow.

The San Jiao meridian is an important meridian to consider when someone is suffering from arm, shoulder, neck or ear pain.

San Jiao Meridian

San Jiao Meridian

Famous San Jiao Point

SJ 21 Er Men “Ear Gate”

As the name implies, SJ 21 is used to relieve ear pain. In addition to this point, I massage all of the San Jiao meridian behind the ear, down the arm all the way to the 4th finger. By massaging the whole meridian, in addition to extra attention on SJ 21, I get better results.

Locate SJ 21

Place your finger next to the little “flap” (tragus) near the ear canal and gently apply pressure.

San Jiao 21

San Jiao 21

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

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