Tianyou TE16: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Tian: heaven Yu: window
“Heaven” here means “upper”. Tianyou means heavenly windows. The point is on the upper part of the lateral a
Point: TE16
Chinese Name: 天牖
Name: Tianyou
English Name/Meaning: Window of Heaven
Pinyin: tiān yǒu
Han Geul 한글: cheon yong 천용
Romaji: ten yū?
Vietnamese: Thiên dũ


On the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, approximately 1 cun inferior to GB12, on a line drawn between BL10 and SI17.


  • Reduces swelling and stops pain.
  • Clears head, invigorates collateral.

Indications of tianyou:

  • Problems of face and head: Headache, dizziness, puffy face, deafness.
  • Insomnia, dream disturbed sleep.
  • Local problems: stiff neck.


Perpendicular insertion, 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • Sky window point.
  • Good for lymphadenopathy.


This is a very delicate point. Use only if you have skill.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

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.