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#30 San Jiao Functions according to Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

San Jiao Functions according to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The San Jiao function, also known as the Triple Burner or Triple Heater function, is an important concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, the San Jiao is not a physical organ, but rather a functional concept that describes the interconnectedness and regulation of the body's three major cavities: the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.


The San Jiao function is responsible for regulating the flow of fluids and energy throughout the body, and for maintaining balance and harmony among the body's organ systems. It is believed to be responsible for the transformation and transportation of fluids, as well as the distribution of energy throughout the body.



In TCM, the San Jiao is considered to be a "heater" or "furnace" that regulates body temperature and metabolism. It is also believed to play a key role in the body's immune system, helping to fight off infection and disease.


Functions of the San Jiao (The Triple Burner)

  • Mobilizes the Original Qi (Yuan Qi)

  • Controls the TRANSPORTATION and PENETRATION of Qi

  • Controls the Water passages and Excretion of fluids

Studying for the Acupuncture Board Exam

Here are the other ones you should be familiar with and be able to perform differential diagnosis for:

  1. Yin/Yang Theory

  2. Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing)

  3. Eight Principles

  4. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Theory

  5. Channel Theory

  6. Organ Theory

  7. Six Stages Theory

  8. Four Levels Theory

  9. Triple Burner Theory

  10. Etiology Theory like External / Internal or Miscellaneous Causes of

God Bless and Happy Studying


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