SI 11

Acupuncture Point Theory

SI 11 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "SI 11" , 天宗, is represented by "Tian Zong" in pinyin and "Celestial Gathering" in english and may be found:

On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrascapular fossa, found at the junction of the upper and middle third between the lower scapular spine and the inferior angle of the scapula.


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

  • Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast pain.
  • Emotional issues, anxiety that presents with asthma, expands and relaxes the chest, asthma generally.
  • Local point for channel pain within the shoulder, scapula region, elbow, arm, face and jaw.  

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. SI11, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Liver Qi Stagnation and/or Lung Qi Deficiency

SI 11 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Arm Pain, Asthma, Breast Cancer, Breast Distention, Facial Pain, Insufficient Lactation, Mastitis, Shoulder Pain and/or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Huatuojiaji (Used extensively within the Tam Healing System an…), EX Huatuojiaji at T4 (T4 innervates the breast and influences the sweat…), UB 13 (Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM…), UB 14 (For all heart conditions: palpitations, anxiety, …), UB 42 (Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related d…) and UB 43 ( Main point for all disorders of the Lung and Up…) are nearby.

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