Theory

UB 10 - Acupuncture Point - Tian Zhu


UB 10 Names

  • English Name: Celestial Pillar
  • Pinyin Name: Tian Zhu
  • Chinese Character: 天柱

Location

  • 1.3 cun lateral to GV 15 in a depression or .5 cun above the PHL and 1.3 cun lateral to the PML on the lateral aspect of the trapezius.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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UB 10 Clinical Uses

  • Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital headache. For stiffness on one-side of the neck combine with SI 3 on the same side & GB 39 on the opposite side.  Upper back pain and/or shoulder pain.
  • Clears wind and relieves exterior cold - secondary point to release the exterior in wind-cold conditions, primary is GB 20.
  • Eye pain and/or blurry vision.
  • Calms the spirit - epilepsy, manic episodes, excessive talking.



UB 10 TCM Patterns

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".



UB 10 Conditions Treated

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".


Nearby Acupuncture Points

GB 20

  • GB 20  Wind Pool
    • Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind - (exterior) - fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) - paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
    • All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
    • Headache, especially occipital.
    • Eye issues.
    • Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back - pain, weakness, stiffness.
    • Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used most often in conjunction with the huatuo points of C1 and C2 to open the spinal cord, generally used to relieve neck tension. 

GV 15

  • GV 15  Mute's Gate
    • Opens the orifices refers to the mouth, throat and tongue, for throat swelling, hoarseness, post-stroke speech disorders, important point for muteness due to tongue stiffness or vocal cord disorders.
    • Epilepsy, stroke, manic depression, loss of consciousness.
    • Occipital headaches, especially with neck stiffness, upper cervical pain and restricted neck rotation, heaviness of head - GV 15 lies over the space between C1 and C2, and can help release the suboccipital musculature which compresses the atlanto-occipital joint.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to stimulate the medulla and limbic system, useful for emotional issues.  

GV 16

  • GV 16  Wind Mansion
    • Main point for wind, whether exterior or interior, particularly affecting the head and neck. For wind cold headache, stiff neck, aversion to wind; as well as dizziness, visual dizziness, numbness, twitching, tremors.
    • Window of the Sky point, promotes communication between the head and body, many indications are consistient with other points of this group, such as headache, dizziness, throat swelling, earache, eye pain, nosebleeds, aphasia.
    • Psychological issues such as mania, palpitations from fear a/or fright, suicidal thoughts.
    • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the medulla function (breathing issues, asthma, tight chest, etc.), but GV 17 is used more frequently, useful in spinal cord issues.  

GB 12

  • GB 12  Completion Bone
    • Dispel exterior & interior wind from the head - tinnitus, tremors in the head, occipital headache, neck rotation ROM issues.
    • Regulates and calms the spirit - insomnia

TH 16

  • 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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