Master Tung's Points - Lateral Three Passes (77.27)
Location: This is a group of three points located between the lateral malleolus and the head of the fibula. Locate the first point 1/2 way between the lateral malleolus and fibula head. The second point is 1/2 way between the head of the fibula and center point. The third point is 1/2 way between the central point and lateral malleolus.
Indications: These points treat respiratory conditions and are traditionally indicated for laryngitis and pharyngitis. I like them for lung disorders, ribside pains, and other conditions of the thoracic region.
These points also treat the neck, shoulders, and arms. They are supporting points for frozen shoulder and elbow pain.
They are also used for skin disorders and masses including acne, carbuncles, boils, goiters and cancer. These are supporting points for treating cancers of the lungs, abdomen, or uterus. They are not a cure for cancer, but are assisting points.
Considerations and Myofascial Lines
Several groups of Tung’s points are on the gallbladder meridian. These include the Three Weights (77.05, 77.06, 77.07), Lateral Three Passes (77.27), Seven Tigers (77.26), Thigh Nine Miles Three (88.25 - 88.27) and Thigh Three Springs (88.20 - 88.22).
Of the above points Lateral Three Passes, Seven Tigers, and Thigh Nine Miles are all used for respiratory disorders. The points Thigh Nine Miles Three (88.25, 88.26, 88.27) are indicated for pneumonia, and the Seven Tigers (77.26) treat pleurisy and other lung conditions. The Lateral Three Passes (77.27) are also indicated for several respiratory conditions.
Research by Tom Myers in connective tissue anatomy has demonstrated that muscle groups on the lateral side of the body form an interconnected network of fascia. This network referred to as the Lateral Line (LL) includes the intercostal muscles, lateral abdominal obliques, gluteus muscles, IT band, and peroneal muscles. This grouping of muscles and their fascia provide an anatomical basis for the gallbladder meridian. As the intercostal muscles are included in the Lateral Line, and play a fundamental role in respiratory functions, the LL may help us to understand why some of Tung’s points on the GB meridian are useful for lung conditions.
Research by Helene Langvine has demonstrated that acupuncture stretches the connective tissues. It is possible that needling points that influence the intercostals, may also effect the fascia on the inner surface of the intercostals, which connect directly to the parietal pleura and lungs. While there are also nerve, circulatory, and biochemical changes that occur with acupuncture, the connective tissues and fascial plane models provide an anatomical basis for distal needling actions.
To learn more about the connection between fascial planes and Master Tung’s acupuncture points read: Master Tung’s Points and Fascial Lines.