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Conception Vessel 15, Ren-15, is the fifteenth acupuncture point on the Conception Vessel, one of the body's 'Extraordinary' channels.
Reasons for the Name of the point?
Its location, at the base of the zyphoid process, looks like the tail of a turtledove, with the bank of ribs on either side resembling the bird's wings.
However, I think the Chinese may have chosen its name because the tail of the bird suggest that it is ascending, that it has a strong affect on the mind (as it does), with the wings beating downwards to push the bird upwards. Also of course, the back-end of the bird faces the stomach and abdomen, where food goes to power the flight.
All these images suggest uses for the point.
It is also:
1 cun down the mid-line from the sternocostal angle, or 7 cun above the centre of the umbilicus. Traditionally this is supposed to be at the tip of the zyphoid process, but in practice it isn't, because the zyphoid process can be so long that it reaches almost to Conception Vessel 14, the next point. So the point can lie above, on or below the tip of the zyphoid process. You just have to feel for it!
Diagonally downwards, up to 1 cun. If needling below the tip of the ziphoid process, take care not to penetrate too deep, especially in thin people, in case of puncturing the peritoneal cavity.
If the point is inferior to the tip of the zyphoid process, never needle this point obliquely upwards towards the heart.
Locally and upwards, inside the chest.
Up to 5 cones. Some texts forbid moxa here.
Clears, Calms and Strengthens the Mind and Heart
The point is one example of points for opening the orifices of the Heart, meaning it helps to clear Phlegm from the Heart. That means it helps many situations of unclear mind, including:
Physically, it helps
Steadies the 5 Yin
In the above situations Conception Vessel 15 is used to dissipate excess or fullness. However, it can be used to strengthen Yin and Blood, to provide a stronger basis for the personality.
Helps Descend Lung Qi and fullness in the lungs
Regulates Digestion, the functions of the Spleen and Stomach
The point is also used, with Governor 20, for anal prolapse. For example one might moxa Governor 20 and this point.
However, some people have both manic conditions and anal prolapse in which case probably their condition is more one of excess. In that case one might initially calm or dissipate energy at these or other points.
Later when yin and yang were more balanced, one might strengthen these points, perhaps with moxa.
The point is also listed as being for the results of excessive sex causing exhaustion in youths, perhaps because it helps to tonify yin and Blood via the 5 Yin, at the same time as regulating them mentally to adopt a steadier approach to life.
I don't know why they single out youths (presumably male?), however. I've had patients of other ages also suffering from exhaustion from excessive sex!
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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Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read!
I'm gradually improving this, but 'Qi Stagnation' and 'Yin Deficiency' still remain to be re-edited.
Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
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.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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