TCM Acupuncture Theory - Sky Window Points

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizies a number of theories which group acupuncture points together based on their functions and/or other relationships. Many of these theories are important in a clinical setting and are used, along with other theory and diagnostic information, to decide which acupuncture points will be used for a given condition.

Below you find information regarding the sky window (or window of the sky) points. See our Acupuncture Point Categories section for a complete list of point categories.

For complete information about a single point, click on it within the chart.


Sky Window Points Theory and Applications

  • The Sky Window points are a set of acupuncture points drawn from the Ling Shu.
  • Generally they are not popularly used points, although some systems of acupuncture utilize them to a greater degree than others. The basic functions of the points are to improve the flow of energy between the head and the rest of the body.
  • The points can be used for local issues such as neck pain, but also more complex issues such as multiple sclerosis and dizziness for example.
  • The points are used extensively within the Tom Tam Healing System for a range of conditions such as MS, Parkinsons, Brain Tumors, etc. - in essence to facilitate the smooth flow of Blood and Qi to and from the Brain.
  • The points and their clinical indications are as follows:
    • ST 9 - regulation of blood pressure, headaches, chest tightness
    • LI 18 - regulation of blood pressure
    • TH 16 - sudden deafness, vision disturbances
    • UB 10 - neck pain, occipital headache, wind-cold invasion
    • LU 3 - neck pain, goiters, depression, asthma, grief, coughing of blood
    • CV 22 - throat/vocal cord issues, aphasia, asthma, chest tightness
    • SI 16/SI 17 - throat issues, goiters
    • GV 16 - wind-cold invasion, dizziness, tremors, headache, eye issues, aphasia
    • PC 1 - reflux, hiccups, chest tightness, breast issues, insufficient lactation

Sky Window Points Chart

From Ling Shu
Ch. 21
From Ling Shu
Ch. 2
Renying ST 9 Tiantu CV 22
Futu LI 18 Tianchuang SI 16
Tianyou TH 16 Tianrong SI 17
Tianzhu UB 10 Fengfu GV 16
Tianfu LU 3 Tianchi PC 1

Sources and resources for further study

There are many resources which discuss acupuncture and chinese medicine at varying levels. Our research section includes a comprehensive list of the main texts and websites related to chinese medicine. Below are the sources that were used for this section:

  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes
  • LaBruzzo, Cynthia: New England School of Acupuncture, TCM Theory Lecture Notes