The Buddha’s Triangle acupressure protocol 

The Buddha’s Triangle acupressure protocol is a treatment approach that involves needling three acupuncture points on the body, which form a triangle. These points are typically located on the head, hands, or feet, and the treatment is believed to help alleviate various ailments and promote overall well-being.

In the wrist Buddha’s Triangle acupuncture protocol, three acupuncture points are needled to form a triangle. The points are located around the wrist area. This treatment can be used to address conditions related to the wrist, hand, or forearm, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist pain, or arthritis. 

The specific points used may vary depending on the practitioner’s approach and the individual’s condition.

The combination of Heart 7 (HT7 – Shen Men ), Lung 9 (LU9 – Tai Yuan), and Pericardium 6 (PC6 – Nei Guan) are commonly used acupuncture points on the wrist that form the Buddha’s Triangle. This combination is often used to address various conditions related to the heart, lungs, and pericardium, as well as to promote overall relaxation and balance in the body. Which makes it ideal as a suggested treatment for signs of anxiety, depression or other Shen disturbances. 

Together, they create a triangle that is believed to have therapeutic effects when stimulated.

Point locations : 

HT7 – ShenMen “Spirit gate”  is located at the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon, between the ulna and the pisiform bones. This is a very good point to treat insomnia, anxiety, sleep related disorders,muddled thinking, palpitations. It is believed to have very calming and grounding energetic responses. 

LU9 – Tai Yuan “Great abyss” can be found at the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery. Tonifies and strengthens the Lung Qi, clears heat. This point can support mental clarity and resilience. 

PC6 – Nei Guan “Inner pass” is about two thumb widths above the wrist crease, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis (think palm of hand and radial bone of the forearm). Opens the chest, insomnia and/or other disorders of the Shen such as nervousness, stress, poor memory. Although primarily suggested to be the go to point for nausea, it is very valuable to managing emotional well being. 

You can apply acupressure to this point combination while your students are in Savasana, you could try it as a self acupressure combination if you are struggling with insomnia, anxiety or those days that you might be feeling unsettled. 

Why not explore creating a Yin Yoga class with the theme of the Shen, the element of Fire or a class theme to ground and settle the Sympathetic nervous system. 

Remember the channels are bilateral on the body, in the same way that we teach the same poses on each side of the body and hold for the same amount of time, you should apply these principles to the practice of acupressure. 

However, please keep in mind that selected points are generally part of a comprehensive treatment plan, and individual responses may vary.