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The 12 Main Meridians

Sanjiao Meridian of Hand-Shaoyang originates from the tip of the ring finger (Guanchong (TE1) Jing-Well Point (SJ1)). It travels upward between the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones and along the dorsal side of the wrist and the lateral side of the forearm between the radius and ulna, it passes through the olecranon. Then it runs along the lateral aspect of the upper arm and reaches the shoulder region where it travels across and behind the Gallbladder Meridian of Foot Shaoyang.  Crossing over the shoulder, it enters the supraclavicular fossa and spreads in the chest to connect with the pericardium. It then proceeds through the diaphragm down the abdomen, and communicates with the upper, middle, and lower jiao forming a part of the sanjiao meridian system.

A branch springs from the chest and runs upward exiting from the supraclavicular fossa, and ascends to the neck. Running along the posterior border of the ear, it crosses from the superior aspect of the ear to the corner of the forehead. Then it turns downward to the cheek and terminates in the infraorbital region.

Another branch arises from the anterior aspect of the ear. It crosses the former branch at the cheek and reaches the outer canthus to link with the Gallbladder Meridian of Foot Shaoyang.
Pathological changes of SJ

Deafness, ringing in the ears, sore throat, pain of the outer canthus, swelling of the cheek, pain of the retroauricular region, shoulder and lateral aspects of the upper arm and elbow, dysuria, edema, enuresis, abdominal distention, etc.


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