Names Of Tian Chuang

SI 16 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Celestial Windows
  • Pinyin Name: Tian Chuang
  • Chinese Character: 天窗
Meridian Information

Where Is SI 16 ?

SI 16 Location

  • On the lateral side of the neck, posterior to the SCM and LI 18, level with the Adam's apple.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is SI 16 Used For?

SI 16 Clinical Usages

  • Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat, voice issues.
  • Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness, pain.
  • Local point for neck and/or shoulder problems.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the vertebral artery and the occipital artery.  Useful for occipital headache, alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation. Often used with Tian Dong as a starting point. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

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SI 16 Acupuncture Point Associations

What Conditions May Use SI 16 ?

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 SI 16 ?

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  • Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi obstruction in the throat.
  • High blood pressure, for which Window of the Sky Points are sometimes indicated, may also be useful for low blood pressure.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation of the common carotid artery as well as effect the vagus nerve.  Due to the connection with the vagus it is useful for lung, esophagus, heart, stomach, intestine and gall bladder issues - reflux, palpitations, digestive issues, etc. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

(EX) Tian Dong Sky Movement

  • Note:  This point is not a standard acupuncture point, it was developed by Master Tam for use within the Tam Healing System.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the vertebral artery.  Useful for alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

(EX) Yi Ming Eye Brightening

  • Sleep issues - insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep.
  • Eye Disorders.
  • Tinnitus.

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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.

(EX) Bailao Hundred Labors

  • Lung issues - cough, dyspnea, asthma.
  • Local point for stiff neck, shoulder a/or back pain.

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