LI 17 - Acupuncture Point - Tian Ding

  • English Name:  Celestial Tripod
  • Pinyin Name:  Tian Ding
  • Chinese Character:  天鼎
  • On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the posterior border of the SCM.
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  • Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" in the throat ("plum pit qi").
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the carotid artery.  The left side is used more for physical complaints and the right side more for psychological issues due to the internal connections of the common carotid. Useful for alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation as well as the full range of psychological issues. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

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The (LI) Large Intestine Meridian has 20 points:

Nearby Acupuncture Points and Usages

GraphicPointClinical Functions
ST 9
Man's Prognosis
  • In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpating the pulse here and at ST 42.
  • Regulation of Blood Pressure - lowering high blood pressure.
  • Headache, dizziness.
  • Sore throat, counterflow qi (vomiting), coughing, hiccups.
  • Acute lumbar sprain, lower back pain.
  • Window of the Sky Point - restores Qi flow between the body and the head - useful with headache, chest tightness, asthma.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the common carotid artery. With acupuncture and tuina we often use LI 18 instead as it is safer, for Tong Ren and light tuina, however, it is fine to use. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

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TH 16
Celestial Window
  • Local Point.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the occipital artery and the vertebral artery.  Useful for occipital issues, glaucoma, etc. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

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