Large Intestine Meridian

Tianding LI17 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Tian : Heaven               Ding: an ancient cooking vessel with two loop handles.
Tian means “upper”. The head looks like a Ding. Tianding point is below the ear at the neck.

Point: LI-17
Chinese Name: 天鼎
Name: Tianding
English Name/ Meaning: Heaven’s Tripod
Pinyin: tiān dǐng
Han Geul 한글: cheon jeong 천정
Romaji: ten tei
Vietnamese: Thiên đỉnh

Location :

On the lateral side of the neck, at the posterior border of sternocleidomastoid muscle, beside the laryngeal protuberance, at the midpoint of the line connecting Futu (LI 18) and Quepen (ST 12).

Functions and indications :

Tianding benefits throat, clears lung air so is beneficial in sudden loss of voice, sore throat, scrofula, goiter, throat swelling, sore throat, hoarse voice, cough and asthma.
Goiter – still used.

Method :

Puncture perpendicularly 0.3-0.5 inch. Moxibustion is applicable.

Remarks :

Halting speech and loss of voice use along with PC5.

Precautions :

Use caution. Avoid puncturing external jugular vein.


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.