Firstly, it important to state that this acupuncture point is the ‘earth’ point on the ‘earth’ meridian and is both the yuan point & the shu point. What this means is that it has a principle function of strengthening the energetics of the spleen (earth) meridian and organ concept. This point is commonly used in strengthening digestion as well as immune function and is commonly used to build the energy of the individual.
If we observe the Chinese characters the classical acupuncturists used to describe the energetics of Taibai SP 3, we find that Tai is drawn as a mature man with a top knot (hair). Above the top knot is an extra stroke which denotes the concept of supreme or greatness. Bai is drawn as the sun just appearing in the eastern sky, giving of a bright & clear radiance. Thus Bai denotes white, bright, and pure. Thus we can take form these classical acupuncture characters that Taibai SP 3 provides a pure and clear greatness, it provides a pure energy to the body in full abundance.
In five element/phase acupuncture theory it is the ‘earth’ element that is the point at which the flow passes to regenerate. It is a phase that provides nourishment and is both a both a point of transition & a point of gathering to continue on through the cyclical phases. In classical acupuncture internal organ theory the earth element is responsible for the transformation and transportation of energy to the rest of the body and the organs. Thus, acupuncture points on the ‘earth’ meridian can be used in cases where individuals are not receiving that much needed ‘energy’ distribution, i.e. fatigue, diabetes mellitus, bowel issues & digestive issues.
In my clinical acupuncture experience I have found the use of Taibai SP 3 indispensable in treating conditions such as anaemia, sugar imbalances, and musculoskeletal disorders. It is no surprise that master acupuncturist Kiyoshi Nagano utilised this point in cases of ‘moderate pulse’ which reflects a deficiency in the ‘earth’ meridian. I personally utilise this point in releasing muscular spasms (note: it releases the anterior scalene beautifully) and I find that in combination with other acupuncture points Taibai SP 3 can effectively ameliorate sugar sensitivities (associated dizziness/lethargy post sugar consumption).
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Giancarlo Nerini - Licensed Acupuncturist