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Conception Vessel 5, Ren-5, is the fifth point on the Conception Vessel, one of the 'Extra-Ordinary' acupuncture channels.
It is the Front Alarm (Mu) point of the Sanjiao.
Ren 5, together with adjacent points Conception Vessel 4 and Conception Vessel 6, form the Dantian, the centre of gravity of the body. As such, they are important points in Eastern forms of meditation and energy development.
On the midline, 2 cun inferior to the umbilicus, the distance from the centre of the umbilicus to the superior border of the pubis symphisis bone being 5 cun.
So Conception Vessel 5 is two-fifths of the way down, or three-fifths of the way up.
Perpendicular, from 1 to 2 cun
Old books forbid its use in women. Whatever you believe, don't needle this point on a woman who is pregnant.
Moxibustion: old books forbid its use in women. Otherwise, up to 25 cones.
In lower abdomen and down to urethra.
Warning: Conception Vessel 5, Ren-5, is said to cause sterility in women. Having warned you about this, I report merely that many excellent acupuncturists say that, at the request of the patients concerned, they have tried to use it for this purpose, without any success.
Some even say the women got pregnant faster than usual.
However, perhaps we shouldn't totally ignore these old warnings so I advise that this point not be used before puberty in females or, less certainly, on virgins who may wish to conceive later.
But if a woman has already conceived a healthy baby, I would see no reason not to use this point, other things being equal. And in fact, in a healthy woman, I really see no reason not to use it.
Perhaps because of that ancient warning, I think Conception Vessel 5 is used less often than it might be. The problem is that two very powerful and much used points lie adjacent to it, Conception Vessel 4 below, and Conception Vessel 6 above it. These do so many different things that we forget this point or perhaps are cautious about using it.
But being the front Mu or Alarm point of the Sanjiao makes this point potentially very powerful and useful. 'Mu' is translated also as Collecting point, which is a better way of explaining it once you understand a little about the way acupuncture theory works. (Not much use to you if you're new to all this, of course!)
Being a Gate, the point can be used for allowing unwanted energy to dissipate and for 'putting in' energy in case of deficiency. (Actually, acupuncture doesn't really 'put in' energy: it stimulates the body to perform more efficiently in the manner described by the actions of the point in question.)
The Sanjiao is hard to understand, even for us acupuncturists, partly because it has several different meanings and uses. It seems every generation of acupuncturists produces a new theory about it.
What we do know is that the Sanjiao is able to collect what is called the 'Yuan' or 'Original' Qi, from its source at Conception vessel 4, Yuan Guan ('Original Gate') and spread it throughout the body, lying as it does immediately above Yuan Guan, Conception Vessel 4, the Source of Original Life.
The point also has local uses derived from its location in the lower abdomen.
So the way I understand this point is as follows.
Here are examples of what those actions might mean, in practice:
Spreads Original (Yuan) Qi across the all compartments of the body
Raises Sinking Qi
Helps balance and regulate the actions of the Upper 'Burning Space' ie the Chest or Thorax
Helps regulate the Middle 'Burning Space' being the upper abdomen function
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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