Tianzhu BL10: Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Heaven here means "upper". The cervical spine was called "zhugu" (pillar bone} in ancient times and tianzhu is lateral to it.


Tian: heaven       Zhu:pillar
Heaven here means “upper”. The cervical spine was called “zhugu” (pillar bone) in ancient times and the point, tianzhu is lateral to it.

Point: BL10
Chinese Name: 天柱
Name: Tianzhu
English Name/Meaning: Celestial Pillar
Pinyin: tiān zhù
Han Geul 한글: cheon ju 천주
Romaji: ten chū
Vietnamese:Thiên trụ


On the nape of the neck, in the depression of lateral border of m.trapezium 0.5 cun directly above the midpoint of posterior hairline, 1.3cun lateral to the anterior-posterior midline.

Functions of tianzhu:

  • Dispels wind and dissipates cold.
  • Soothes the sinew and opens the connecting vessels.
  • Clears the head and brightens the eyes.
  • Relieves pain.


  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Blurred vision, nasal congestion;
  • Stiff neck, pain in the upper back and shoulder.


Puncture perpendicularly or obliquely 0.5-0.8 cun.


Avoid deep puncture  to prevent   medullar damage.

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.

One thought on “Tianzhu BL10: Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication, Method

Comments are closed.