Happy International Shiatsu Day!
Happy International Shiatsu Day! Today’s post is dedicated to Spleen 6, the Three Yin Junction.
Spleen 6 is a beloved landmark, known amongst shiatsu practitioners, acupuncturists, and other traditional Chinese medicine enthusiasts as a potent acupoint on the human body and the key point for the Spleen meridian. Located 3 cun or 4 finger widths up the tibia from the medial malleolus, on the inner leg, Spleen 6 or San Yin Jiao is also the most “feminine” or most yin point on the body, for it marks the Three Yin Junction.
All of the yin meridians of the lower extremity—Spleen, Liver and Kidney—cross at Spleen 6. For this, SP6 is effective for treating all three of these meridians. It poses significance for women and women’s health, including the regularity of menstrual cycles. It is thus contraindicated for pregnant women, due to its potency.
The Native peoples regarded Ithaca, New York as a sacred site for the crossing of three river beds, from what I recall anecdotally. I am curious to learn more from Native perspectives and those who regard land as sacred.
I find this picture to embody Spleen 6 and the Earth element ???. (The Spleen meridian itself is the yin aspect of Earth.) The beautiful photo by Ben J. Bookout also captures the peak of greenness for the ferns at lower Lick Brook, now one of my new favorite outdoor massage designations near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes valley.
The Earth element is expressed through the color Yellow ? or Gold; the taste of Sweet ?; the sense organ of the mouth ?; the sense of Taste ?; the tissue of muscles ??; the physical manifestation of lips ?; the fluid of saliva ?; the sound of singing ?; the emotion of worry ?; the climate of dampness; the direction of Center ?; the life stage of Maturity; and the season of Late Summer or Transition between seasons ?. The Spleen meridian manifests the “digestion” of Ki, known for Transformation and Transportation.
The Spleen meridian can address physical imbalances related to the above, such as digestive problems involving enzymes (diabetes, hypoglycemia), overeating or lack of appetite, weight problems, anemia and bleeding disorders, irregular or heavy periods, and irregularities with other cycles. Psychological imbalances addressed by the Spleen meridian are the same as those addressed by the yang Earth element, the Stomach meridian: too much thinking or studying, worrying, instability, anxiety, not feeling at home anywhere, self pity, and not being nurtured.