Conception Vessel 19, Ren-19
Zigong, Purple Palace

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Conception Vessel 19, Ren-19, Purple Palace, Zigong is the 19th acupuncture point on the Conception Vessel, which runs up the anterior middle of the torso between genitals and mouth.

Location of Ren-19

On the sternum mid-line, at the level of the second inter-costal space.

Needling Zigong

Transversely upwards or downwards, just under the skin. Up to 1 cun. Obtaining deqi isn't always easy, I find.

Needle Sensation
I haven't used this point often enough to notice whether the sensation is anything other than purely local to the point.

Moxibustion: Up to 5 cones.

ACTIONS of Ren-19

  • Opens the chest: asthma, cough, fullness in the chest
  • Descends uprising or rebellious Qi

Although this point, together with Conception Vessel 18 and 20, each has a different name, they all do much the same, although perhaps their different names bestow important distinctions that I don't always understand.

They are helpful where patients feel stuffy or tight-chested, or where something swallowed is causing local pain or won't go down.

  • Throat swelling or pain
  • Fullness in the chest
  • Pain in the chest
  • Anxiety arising from chest pain

Comment on Ren-19

I've  used Conception Vessel 19 to mainly to help clear a frequent sense of blockage when swallowing food. Whatever any underlying physical cause there may have been, the patient's doctor couldn't find it and wasn't sufficiently concerned to recommend an X-Ray.

This point lies at the same level as Kidney 25 which I often use for stuffiness or discomfort in the chest causing breathing difficulties. Together they could make a powerful combination, perhaps with Lung 5 in case of cough, for instance. Still further over is Stomach 15 which is also used for many of the same problems.

Of these, I find Kidney 25 is usually the most tender when needed, and can be very effective in helping to clear a blocked chest where there is stagnation, for instance of Phlegm or Damp.

To access other points on the Conception Vessel, click below:

Ren-1 Huiyin Yin Meeting Place
Ren-2 Qugu Crooked Bone
Ren-3 Zhongji Utmost Middle
Ren-4 Guanyuan Source Gate
Ren-5 Shimen Stonegate
Ren-6 Qihai Sea of Qi
Ren-7 Yin Jiao Yin Intersection/td>
Ren-8 Shenque Spirit Palace Pathway
Ren-9 Shuifen Water Separation
Ren-10 Xiawan Lower Stomach Duct
Ren-11 Jianli Earthing Within
Ren-12 Zhongwan Utmost Middle
Ren-13 Shangwan Upper Stomach Duct
Ren-14 Juque Great Palace Gateway
Ren-15 Jiuwei Dovetail
Ren-16 Zhongting Central Hall
Ren-17 Shangzhong Middle of the Chest
Ren-18 Yutang Jade Hall
Ren-19 Zigong Purple Palace
Ren-20 Huagai Flower Covering
Ren-21 Xuanji Jade Pearl
Ren-22 Tiantu Heavenly Rushing
Ren-23 Lianquan Clear Spring
Ren-24 Chengjiang Fluid Container

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