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Conception Vessel 18, Ren-18, is the 18th point along the Conception Vessel, one of the so-called eight 'extra-ordinary' acupuncture channels.
The Conception channel runs up the middle-front of the body, starting from between the legs and ending in the mouth.
On the sternum mid-line, at the level of the third inter-costal space.
Transversely upwards or downwards, just under the skin. Up to 1 cun. (However, obtaining deqi isn't easy, I find.)
Moxibustion: up to 5 cones.
However, they all do much the same, although perhaps their different names bestow important distinctions that I don't properly understand.
Locally, they are helpful where patients feel stuffy or tight-chested, or where something swallowed is causing local pain or won't go down.
The point's name is translated as 'Jade Hall' and refers to the space within the thorax occupied by the Lungs.
The Lungs have enormous importance in Chinese medicine. Through them we acquire Qi: we inspire and can be inspired, as when after climbing a mountain we get a different perspective on ourselves, our place in the world and in life.
So I've sometimes used this point when I thought that someone's health was good, their Qi was good, but their spirit was low.
Of course I used it with other points as well, so can't be sure how effective it would be on its own.
That fits in well with the idea of Jade Hall, something (in this case, a place or space) of great value to the body.
If the energy in that space is harmonious and strong, so also will be that individual's spirit.
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! 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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