LI 17

Acupuncture Point Theory

LI 17 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "LI 17" , 天鼎, is represented by "Tian Ding" in pinyin and "Celestial Tripod" in english and may be found:

On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the posterior border of the SCM.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • 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.  

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. LI17, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation

LI 17 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease (PD), Plum Pit Qi and/or Sore Throat

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji at C6 (C6 innervates the thyroid gland and is used for a…), ST 9 (In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpat…), ST 10 (Local point - swollen/sore throat, shortness of b…) and TH 16 (Local Point. Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used t…) are nearby.

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