Taibai (English translation: Supreme White)
On the medial aspect of the foot, in the
depression posterior and inferior to the proximal metatarsodigital joint of the
big toe, at the junction of the red and white skin.
Yuan-Source point of the Spleen Meridian.
Shu-Stream point of the Spleen Meridian.
- Gastric pain, abdominal distention and pain,
- Lassitude and heaviness of the extremities,
overweight (for dampness in all three jiaos)
- Epigastric pain
Strengthens the Spleen, harmonizes and
regulates the Spleen and Stomach, resolves dampness, clears Damp-Heat.
SP 3 is one of the major tonifying points of
the body and is very commonly used.
Clinically, Yuan-Source points are of great
significance in treating diseases of the internal organs. Yuan-Source points are
the sites where the Yuan (Primary) qi of the Zang-Fu organs passes and stays. Puncturing the
Yuan-Source points stimulates the vital energy of the regular meridians,
regulates the functional activities of the internal organs, reinforces
antipathogenic factors and eliminates pathogenic factors. This method of
treating diseases deals principally with the root causes. The Yuan (source)
point from the affected meridian is often combined with the Luo (Connecting)
point of the internally-externally related meridians in use. Shu-Stream
points are where the qi starts to pour down the meridian. They are known to
alleviate heaviness and pain in the joints. On Yin Meridians, Shu-Stream points
are identical to the actions of Yuan-Source points.
Perpendicular insertion .5 - .8 cun.