Jin’s Three Needles J3NJin’s Three Needles J3N

Prof. Rui Jin 靳瑞 
Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Jin’s Three Needle (J3N) points combinations or formulae, also called three-point needles was summarized by Professor Jin Rui (靳瑞 1932-2010) from 1979 (Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine).

Introduction to Jin’s Three Needles (J3N)

J3N is one of the state-recognized programs for continuous acupuncture education. There are 39 carefully selected points combinations based on Prof. Jin’s 50 years of experience.  J3N is regarded as a representative acupuncture and moxibustion school that originated in Guangdong province, south China. Now it has been expanded to the whole of China, used in hundreds of acupuncture departments in hospitals. J3N is regarded as the most popular and practical acupoints combination or formula.

​In learning herbal medicine, there is a subject called “Styles of Different Schools” (中医各家学说), e.g. Cold Damage School, Warm Disease School, Earth-supplementing School, Pathogen-removing School, Yin-nourishing School, Cooling School, which cover the significant masters’ thoughts and experiences. But in the field of acupuncture and moxibustion, this subject has not been established yet. In China, acupuncture schools or styles differ in various regions. The representative schools are Lingnan (岭南派South), Hai (海派, Shanghai), Jing (京派, Beijing), Xiebei (西北, North West), Chuan (川派South West), etc. Each school has its own style and special techniques. The priceless thoughts and experiences of those master acupuncture clinicians will enlighten our clinical practice. The precious essence of J3N is the combination of the points. J3N can be used as the fundamental points structure of most diseases. With certain modifications, J3N can be a useful and effective clinical tool.

Introduction Video on Jin’s Three Needles (J3N)

Dr. Zhang’s Courses on Jin’s Three Needles (J3N)

Workshops on Jin’s Three Needles (J3N)

  1. Jun. 8-9: 2 dages kursus: Jins punktkombinationer (J3N), AkupunkturAkademiet, Denmark, Danish

Online Courses with TCM Acadamy

Jin’s Three Needles Therapy: Effective Point Combinations for Your Clinic

Generally speaking, the J3N combinations can be used as the primary combination to give the treatment a strong focus, a clear direction. And then it can be complemented by points according to your own choice, pattern diagnosis, and styles.

For example, the combination Bi San Zhen (鼻三针), Three Nose Needles (LI20, Bitong, Yintang), is selected as the fundamental combination for allergic rhinitis, loss of smell (also after Covid), sinusitis, etc.. Then distal acupuncture points can be added to treat various patterns, e.g. LI4 + LI11 for wind-heat or KI6 + LU7 for kidney and lung Yin deficiency.  

In each module, we cover the theory behind these J3N combinations from the perspective of the acupuncture classics and the clinical experience of Dr. Hui Zhang.

We look at the locations of the points, especially for some extra points, and discuss the stimulation methods including needling, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, bleeding, etc. as well as possible modifications based on syndrome differentiation. Case studies and relevant research will deepen the understanding of this method.

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