Pericardium Meridian

Tianchi PC1: Nomenclature, Location, Indications, Functions



Tian: heaven              Chi: Pool
Tianchi is lateral to the breast and milk secreted from the breast is as if coming from a heavenly pool.

Chinese Name: 天池
English: Heavenly Pool
Pinyin:tiān chí
Han Geul 한글: cheon ji 천지
Romaji:ten chi
Vietnamese: Thiên trì

Location :

1 cun lateral, 5 cun lateral to the anterior midline and slightly superior to the nipple, in the 4th intercostal space.

Functions :

  • Opens chest and regulates qi.
  • Sedates cough and stops wheezing.
  • Spreads Lung qi.

Indications of Tianchi:

  • Tianchi is beneficial for various manifestations of inversion qi (chaotic and rebellious qi), in this case affecting the Lung (uprising qi, cough etc.), head (headache), sense organs (blurred vision) and neck region (scrofula).
  • Also good for discomfort sensation in the chest, pain in the hypochondriac region, swelling and pain of the axillary region.

Method :

Transverse-oblique insertion posteriorly along the inter-costal space, 0.5 to 1 cun.

Remarks :

  • Entry Point
  • Window of Heaven Points

Precautions :

Deep needling is not advisable as it may cause pneumothorax.

Read about other points of Pericardium Meridian:

PC2-Tianquan-天泉     PC3-Quze-曲泽    PC4-Ximen-郄门  PC5-Jianshi-间使    PC6-Neiguan-内关    PC7-Daling-大陵       PC8-Laogong-劳宫   PC9-Zhongchong-中冲


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.