Tianjiu | 香港醫藥援助會 Project Concern Hong Kong

香港醫藥援助會 Project Concern Hong Kong



Tianjiu is a traditional treatment based on the theories and clinical experience of Chinese medicine.  Patches of Chinese medicine are adhered to stimulate particular acupoints.   The therapy can enhance Yang and achieve a balance of Yin-Yang in our body so as to increase our body strength and aim at preventing and curing diseases .  Adopting Tian-Jiu treatment on the “San Jiu Tian” (三九天) after the winter solstice is effective to prevent some diseases such as:


  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma, cough
  • Weak body and easy cold
  • Menstrual pain, waist pain
  • Chronic diarrhea

According to literatures of Chinese medicine, adopting Tian-Jiu treatment for continuously three years is effective in reducing the symptom of allergic rhinitis and asthma.



Application of Tianjiu

San Fu Tian (三伏天) and San Jiu Tian (三九天) refer to the three hottest days and three colest days of the year. Chinese medicine practitioners will adopt Tianjiou treatment to patients in the above periods to cure seasonal diseases.

What is San Fu Tian (三伏天)?

San Fu Tian refers to the three days which are the hottest and have the highest level of Yang inside our body. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that diseases in winter should be cared in summer and hence develop Tianjiu treatment. Patients are adhered with medicine pastes in the three hottest days in summer to keep the balance of Yin-Yang inside their body. It can strengthen the immune system and reduce the chance of getting diseases in winter.

What is San Jiu Tian (三九天)?

According to Chinese calendar, there are three phases after the winter solstice.  The three days is the coldest day of the year.  Nature and human body stays at the most debilitating condition in Yang, especially susceptible to respiratory diseases.  Chinese medicine theory believes that apply Chinese medicine patches to the appropriate acupuncture points could invigorate the circulation of Qi and blood, strengthen body and increase disease-resistant ability.

The “Tianjiu” treatment is effective in the following diseases: 

  • Respiratory diseases: e.g. chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic cough, perennial common cold (including children);
  • Digestive diseases: e.g. adult cold stomach, chronic diarrhea and diarrhea in children;
  • Chronic deficiency diseases: adults and children with recurrent chronic cough, usually sickly weak with cold physique (improve their immune, enhance disease resistance).


The Reaction of “Tianjiu”

  • Skin may feeling slightly warm and itching
  • Skin redness and tingling
  • Blisters due to the stimulation of herbal patch
  • If the skin had serious pain and discomfort, the herbal patch should be removed immediately


Who should not receive “Tianjiu” treatment?

  • Having fever or upper respiratory tract diseases;
  • Children under two years old, pregnant women;
  • People with tuberculosis, heart or lung disease, diabetes, cancer, Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency);
  • Skin allergy 


Notes to Patients:

  • Fever, burning, redness or blisters are normal reaction after Tianjiu treatment.
  • You should pay attention to protect the wound surface if blisteres appear.
  • You should aviod to eat seafood, shrimp, beef, duck, goose and fried food. Reduction of eating cold, stimulate, thick and greasy food, so as not to affect the treatment effect.
  • On the day of treatment, the acupoints with herbal patch should not be scrubbed with soap or moisturizers.
  • If there is any adverse reactions, you can return to the clinic and consult a Chinese medicine practitioner.

Application Time of Herbal Patch

  • Adult: about 1 hour
  • Child: 15 to 30 minutes


The above information is for reference only, please consult a Chinese medicine practitioner for enquiry.