TH 16

Acupuncture Point Theory

TH 16 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "TH 16" , 天牖, is represented by "Tianyou" in pinyin and "Celestial Window" in english and may be found:

Directly below mastoid process, level with the mandibular angle and on the posterior border of the SCM muscle (in line with SI 17 and GV 15).


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

  • 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.


Th 16 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore th 16 functional grouping theory - Sky Window.

While not necessarily valid clinically, LI 17 (Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of somethin…), LI 18 (Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice …), SI 17 (Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Poin…) and UB 10 (Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occi…) are nearby.

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