Heavenly Palace Acupuncture Point

In western convention this point is known as LU 3 because it’s the third point on the “lung” channel.  In Chinese the characters are天府 which is Romanized as Tiān Fŭ and pronounced as “Tyan Foo”.  The point is found on the front of the upper arm, about three inches below the armpit on the outside border of the biceps muscle.  For a clearer view, look at the diagram in the post or look in the video.

Classical Uses of Heavenly Palace Point

Classically, the point clears Lung Heat and descends Lung Qi.  It cools the blood and stops bleeding.  And, Heavenly Palace calms the “corporeal soul” (po -魄)  The “corporeal soul” in Chinese Medicine refers to the organizing principle of the body which dies off when the body dies in opposition to the “ethereal soul”, the hun, which goes on after death.  This means that Heavenly Palace treats wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, asthma, nosebleeds, coughing up blood.  It also treats sleep walking, insomnia, sadness and grief, weeping, disorientation and forgetfulness, a delirious speech in the end stages of pulmonary tuberculosis called “floating corpse ghost talk”.  Also treated by this point are goiters, swelling of the throat, pain of the upper arm, dizziness, malaria, and visual disturbances.

Back Pain and Other Indications for Heavenly Palace Point

Modern uses of Heavenly Palace include hip pain, buttock pain, lower back pain, pain in the shoulder or upper back, ankle pain, groin pain, thigh pain, and it resolves respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, common cold, wheezing, shortness of breath and the like.

Psychoemotional Uses of Heavenly Palace Point

Middle Palace is indicated for when a person needs to get rid of the soot off of the windows as it were so one can see the light.  It helps a person to be fed psychoemotionally.  The point allows a person to have a more meaningful lifestyle, and shows the essence of the life one has been missing.  Middle Palace helps with claustrophobia, agoraphobia, mental confusion and forgetfulness.  Some people are withdrawn because they have a lack of self-worth, this point helps with that.

This video explains the point in a slightly different way and is very short.  Click on it and watch it.

Back Pain Relief at St. Louis Acupuncture

If you’re suffering from respiratory problems, back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, or ankle pain, call us today at (314) 569-0057.  Or you can e-mail Dr. Waltemate at  Don’t wait any longer.  Don’t keep suffering contact Dr. Waltemate today.


A Manual of Acupuncture; Deadman et. al.

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion; Chen Xin Nong

An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture; The Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Lecture notes, Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture

This Acupuncture Point Treats Back Pain and Wheezing
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