TH 21

Acupuncture Point Theory

TH 21 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "TH 21" , 耳門, is represented by "Ermen" in pinyin and "Ear Gate" in english and may be found:

Anterior to the supratragic notch and behind the posterior border of the condyloid process of the mandible with the mouth open.


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

  • Ear problems of an excess or deficient nature, tinnitus, deafness, earache.
  • TMJ problems, upper jaw toothache, combine with ST 6 & ST 7


Th 21 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

  • Intersection Point of the TH, SI & GB Channels

Explore th 21 functional grouping theory - Shokanten - Nine Continent.

While not necessarily valid clinically, SI 19 (Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafn…) and ST 7 (TMJ, facial pain, lower jaw toothache. Hearing i…) are nearby.

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