Small Intestine Meridian

Tianzong SI11 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Tian: upper              Zong: respect
Tianzong means an important point on the upper part of the body.

Point: SI-11
Chinese Name: 天宗
Name: Tianzong
English Name/Meaning: Heavenly Gathering
Pinyin: tiān zōng
Han Geul 한글: cheon jong 천종
Romaji: ten sō
Vietnamese: Thiên tông


In the region of the scapular, in the depression of the center of subscapular fossa, level with the 4th thoracic vertebra.


  • Tianzhong is mostly used for shoulder pain (most of shoulder pain patients feel very tender in Tianzhong).
  • Tianzhong is also beneficial in exterior syndrome: breathing problems.
  • Also used in front breast tenderness, Mastitis.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-1 cun.


For thin conditions, oblique puncture is recommended.


Read about other points of Small Intestine Meridian:

SI1-Shaoze-少泽      SI2-Qiangu-前谷       SI3-Houxi-後溪     SI4-Wangu-腕骨     SI5-Yanggu-阳谷       SI6-Yanglao-养老         SI7-Zhizheng-支正      SI8-Xiaohai-小海    SI9-Jianzhen-肩贞        SI10-Naoshu-臑俞       SI12-Bingfeng-秉風            SI13-Quyuan-曲垣        SI14-Jianwaishu-肩外俞           SI15-Jianzhongshu-肩中俞         SI16-Tianchuang-天窗         SI17-Tianrong-天容       SI18-Quanliao-颧髎         SI19-Tinggong-听宫


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.