Conception Vessel 24, Ren-24 Chengjiang, Receiving Fluid


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Conception Vessel 24, Ren-24 Chengjiang, Receiving Fluid, is the 24th and last point on the Conception Vessel, one of the so-called 'Extraordinary' acupuncture channels.

  • Meeting point with Governor Vessel, Stomach and Large Intestine channels
  • Exit point of the Conception Vessel Channel

Location of Ren 24

On the face, under the lower lip in the mid-line, in the depression (the mento-labial groove) between the point of the chin and the lower lip.

One source suggests that you stand the patient up, relaxed, mouth slightly open, to locate the point, but I haven't found this necessary.

Needling and Moxa Chengjiang

Needle depth no more than 0.5 cun, directed obliquely upwards.

Needle Sensation
Local and towards the lip.

Moxa

Up to 7 cones.

ACTIONS of Conception Vessel 24

  • Dispels Wind locally
  • Sedative eg for local pain
  • Meeting point with Stomach, Large Intestine and Governor channels
  • Exit point

Dispels Wind

  • Facial paralysis, deviation or numbness
  • Facial swelling
  • Mouth and eyes awry
  • Stiff neck or head

Sedative eg for local pain

  • Toothache
  • Mouth ulcers and abscess
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (partly because the point is a meeting point with other channels, see below)
  • Controls over-salivation

Meeting point with

  • Governor
  • Large Intestine
  • Stomach channels
  • As such, Conception Vessel 24 works on those other channels too, hence its ability to clear obstruction (eg from Wind) in the whole face area, including oedema and aphasia.
  • Equally, it makes this a point able to help develop better coordination, because the Large Intestine channel crosses from one side to the other side of the face and, physically, from side to side in the abdomen.
  • This is also where the Conception Vessel, a yin channel, meets three yang channels (Governor, Stomach and Large Intestine). Hence it can help to alleviate yin deficiency situations like wasting and thirsting disorders.

Exit point of the Conception Vessel

  • The Governor vessel exits above the upper lip at Governor 26. These two vessels, Conception and Governor, are by many thought to create a cycle of flow of Qi.
  • However, this would mean that one of them actually changes direction and it is generally considered that this should be the Conception Vessel which, for the flow to proceed smoothly, would actually start at Conception Vessel 24 and take energy downwards to Conception Vessel 1 where it would exit and then enter the Governor Vessel at Governor Vessel 1.
  • From there it would rise up the back culminating at Governor 26 again, above the lip, to repeat the cycle.
  • Those who practise meditation to move the Qi in this direction of flow report that it works.
  • However, all is not agreed. Why? Because all the Yang channels flow downwards while all the Yin channels flow upwards. For example, the (Yin) Kidney channel flows from the foot to the chest then transposes to the Pericardium channel which flows from the chest to the fingertips. (You have to imagine someone standing with their arms upraised to get the point of this.)
  • Similarly, the Small Intestine channel (yang) commences at the fingertips, flows to the head where it joins via its exit point to the entry point of the Bladder channel which then flows down the back to the small toe.
  • So that means that actually, it's the Governor channel one might expect to flow, not up but down the back, from Governor Vessel 26 to Governor 1.
  • You may think this not too important. Probably you're right, but some people would strongly disagree.
  • Anyway, be all this as it may, everyone agrees that the mouth is where the Qi cycle crosses between Conception and Governor channels.
  • If you plan to explore this, which unless you are fairly committed I don't recommend, to see if you can negotiate the flow from one to the other, place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, then sit down and concentrate, for an indefinite period of time.
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-3 Zhongji Utmost Middle Ren-15 Jiuwei Dovetail
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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