( T.B.-16 Window of Heaven TIANYOU - Acupuncture Points ) At the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, directly inferior to the mastoid process, on the level of the mandibular angle.
How to find
For a better definition of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, ask the patient to rotate their head against resistance towards the side to be needled. T.B.-16 is located on the level of the mandibular angle, on the dorsal aspect of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
This point is located inferior to the posterior border of the mastoid (➞ 3.1.4). ➞ G.B.-12 is located directly posterior and inferior to the mastoid; ➞ S.I.-17 is also located on the level of the mandibular angle, but on the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
Vertically 0.5–1 cun. Caution: Carotid artery.
● Benefits the head and sensory organs
● Descends the Qi, expels Wind
● Opens the channel and alleviates pain
Window of Heaven point
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