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Conception Vessel 12, Ren-12, is the 12th point along the Conception Vessel, which is an channel or meridian that runs up the anterior mid-line of the body.
4 cun above centre of umbilicus, ie half way between umbilicus and sternocostal notch.
Sometimes the point is slightly above where you expect it to be.
In palpating for it, in very 6-pack types, whilst the point should be obvious, I haven't found it always to be so, especially if the 3-pack on one side isn't congruent with the 3-pack on the other!
Vertically up to 1.5 cun but it can take time to find the Qi.
Have patience and try from a slightly different angle, but you may still have to wait.
Around the point.
Moxibustion is fine on this point although perhaps not for too long. Up to 15 cones.
Someone who is very deficient but suffering from say, Damp, may find moxa very uncomfortable.
In this case you must clear the Damp first.
Regulates Stomach Qi
This has been called the Tsusanli (or Stomach 36) of the Conception Vessel. (I forget who said this and am happy to credit the attribution if someone can tell me!) However, it doesn't work so fast nor so vigorously as Stomach 36. It seems to be more a harmonising point that helps improve the zang-fu.
This point is probably used more used for deficiency conditions, meaning poor appetite or digestion, inadequate food absorption, digestion and elimination, than for excess conditions.
However, it is a harmonising point so can be used for both deficiency and excess. As when in drought a river lacks the force to carry away rubbish and starts to get blocked up, the point can certainly be used for excess conditions arising from deficiency.
The Stomach qi should descend and digest ('rotten and ripen') food so this point helps that process. Use it for:
Helps clear Dampness
This is a generally fortifying point, that nourishes people both physically and emotionally, so that their Blood is improved and they feel more confident and resourceful - think of its other name, Great Granary.
Consequently where indicated by its appropriate syndrome in Chinese Medicine it may be useful for
This point is approximately the deep inner point where the Lung channel originates and so it can be used in support of other treatments for respiratory conditions including asthma, where appropriate.
It helps circulation of Qi.
In some ways, Conception Vessel 12 can be used for any problem to do with digestion, including any condition of the actual stomach organ itself.
To access other points on the Conception Vessel, click below:
|Ren-1||Huiyin||Yin Meeting Place|
|Ren-6||Qihai||Sea of Qi|
|Ren-7||Yin Jiao||Yin Intersection/td>|
|Ren-8||Shenque||Spirit Palace Pathway|
|Ren-10||Xiawan||Lower Stomach Duct|
|Ren-13||Shangwan||Upper Stomach Duct|
|Ren-14||Juque||Great Palace Gateway|
|Ren-17||Shangzhong||Middle of the Chest|
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Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
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