Names Of Tian Ding

LI 17 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Celestial Tripod
  • Pinyin Name: Tian Ding
  • Chinese Character: 天鼎
Meridian Information

Where Is LI 17 ?

LI 17 Location

  • On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the posterior border of the SCM.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is LI 17 Used For?

LI 17 Clinical Usages

  • 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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What Diagnostic Patterns May Use LI 17 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Conditions May Use LI 17 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near LI 17 ?

ST 9 Man's Prognosis


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  • 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.

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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