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Conception Vessel 20, also called Ren 20, Flower Covering, is the 20th point on the 'extraordinary' acupuncture channel called the Conception Vessel, which runs up the anterior mid-line of the body.
On the sternum mid-line, at the level of the first inter-costal space, usually in a depression.
Needling: Transversely upwards or downwards, just under the skin. Up to 1 cun.
Obtaining deqi isn't always easy, I find.
I haven't used this point often enough to be clear about the needle sensation, other than locally.
Up to 5 cones.
Although this point, together with Conception Vessel 18 and 19, each has a different name, they all do much the same, although perhaps their different names bestow important distinctions that I don't understand.
are helpful where patients feel stuffy or tight-chested, or where
something swallowed is causing local pain or won't go down.However, I find that other points, such as chest points on the Kidney and Stomach channels, are often better for respiratory and Qi stagnation conditions, together with Lung 1, for example.
The name of the point, Huagai, Flower Covering, refers to a canopy over the Emperor's carriage in ancient China. Here the point lies over the space occupied by the Heart and Lungs.
If that name does indeed mean this, then one might assume that, because winters were cold and the Emperor probably needed a bit more than just a nice flowery canopy, this point refers to hot conditions as of summer, rather than deficient conditions, as of winter. At least the conditions suggested by the implications of the name suggest to me that this point is more for excess conditions.
When thinking of the Emperor under the canopy, I speculate that this point is useful not just for helping patients to breath more deeply but to have a clearer sense of purpose.To access other points on the Conception Vessel, click below:
|Ren-1||Huiyin||Yin Meeting Place||Ren-13||Shangwan||Upper Stomach Duct|
|Ren-2||Qugu||Crooked Bone||Ren-14||Juque||Great Palace Gateway|
|Ren-4||Guanyuan||Source Gate||Ren-16||Zhongting||Central Hall|
|Ren-5||Shimen||Stonegate||Ren-17||Shangzhong||Middle of the Chest|
|Ren-6||Qihai||Sea of Qi||Ren-18||Yutang||Jade Hall|
|Ren-7||Yin Jiao||Yin Intersection/td>||Ren-19||Zigong||Purple Palace|
|Ren-8||Shenque||Spirit Palace Pathway||Ren-20||Huagai||Flower Covering|
|Ren-9||Shuifen||Water Separation||Ren-21||Xuanji||Jade Pearl|
|Ren-10||Xiawan||Lower Stomach Duct||Ren-22||Tiantu||Heavenly Rushing|
|Ren-11||Jianli||Earthing Within||Ren-23||Lianquan||Clear Spring|
|Ren-12||Zhongwan||Utmost Middle||Ren-24||Chengjiang||Fluid Container|
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