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Conception Vessel 6 is one of the most important acupuncture points in the body.
It's the sixth point along the Conception Vessel acupuncture channel, and is capable of harnessing the inherent but dormant energy of the body, and so greatly enhancing its capability.
1.5 cun inferior to the centre of the umbilicus.
Given that the distance between the superior part of the pubic bone and the umbilicus is a distance of 5 cun, working out the distance of 1.5cun can be a problem, because 1.5 cun is less than one-third of 5 cun!
Do not needle this point in pregnant women.
Otherwise, 1 to 2 cun, perpendicular to the skin.
Up to the umbilicus, down to the urethra, and across to wherever Qi is stagnant or deficient in the abdomen.
NB! Some people have low energy and even if your point location has been precise and your depth and direction of insertion exact, it may take a while to 'awake' the point.
Sometimes using other points brings it to the surface, like Tsusanli, Stomach 36 or Taiyuan, Lung 9 - but in someone who is very weak you may be rightly cautious of using too many points at the same time. If one of the reasons you are using this point is Yang deficiency, then moxa (see below) may awaken it; once it is awake you can rouse it further with your acupuncture needle.
In young and/or healthy people with abundant Qi, the point can respond very quickly and you may find that the needle really does not need to penetrate far to get a reaction. Compare that with older or weaker patients for whom you may initially feel the tip of the needle is inside an empty tub.
When you need to strengthen Yang, Conception Vessel 6 is an excellent place to moxa. In case of collapse of Yang, use on a slice of ginger for added effect.
Strongly tonifies Qi and Original Qi
Strongly tonifies Kidney Qi
Strongly tonfies Yang
Raises sinking Qi
Moves and regulates the Lower Burner, the Lower abdominal function
Conception Vessel 6 is a powerful revitalizing and reinvigorating point, but also good for all genital, urinary and abdominal conditions.
It regulates the function of Qi and its circulation, thereby dispelling weakness and Damp.
It helps to circulate fluids and assists urination.
It benefits the uterus and the heart and with Conception Vessel 4 it strengthens the body's resistance.
With Spleen 10 it tonifies the Qi to tonify the Blood.
If Qi stagnation (see my book below) arises from Qi deficiency then this point may be very effective in moving the stagnation.
Conception Vessel 6 is also a good point for anxiety, although there are many causes of anxiety and this point doesn't address all of them.
In modern developed societies, many people allow themselves through long hours of work, too strenous exercise, poor diet, rest and sleep, and expectations with anxiety, to get over-tired.
For them, this point can be very tempting. However, Chinese medicine and acupuncture work long-term because they emphasize balance. That balance is between yin and yang, Qi and Blood.
Just boosting Yang can imbalance people, and unfortunately you probably won't see what happens.
I have used this analogy on this site already, but please don't boost this point until you have put other matters into balance.
Otherwise, it may be a bit like putting rocket fuel into a small car.
Yes it may go very fast and your patient may seem very pleased, but if the individual driving the car is angry or otherwise emotional (imbalanced between yin and yang, qi and blood, and in the five phase cycle, for example,) they may not be able to control their car's energy, and end up in the ditch.
Though your patient may be insistent - perhaps they read about Conception Vessel 6 here! - have compassion by all means, but tempered with good judgement!
|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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