Conception Vessel 9: Ren-9
Shuifen: Water Separation


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Conception Vessel 9 is the ninth point on the Conception Vessel, one of the 'Extra-Ordinary' acupuncture channels.

Location of Ren-9

1 cun above the centre of the umbilicus on the midline, the distance from the umbilicus to the sterno-costal notch being 8 cun.

Needling Shuifen

Vertically, up to 1.5 cun. Take care not to needle too deeply in thin people in case you pierce the peritoneal cavity.

Sensation
Downards towards the urethra, as well as locally.

Moxa
Up to 15 cones.

ACTIONS of Shuifen

  • Stimulates the transformation of water in the body and abdomen
  • Regulates the action of the Intestines

Transformation of Damp and Phlegm
Used where there is too much fluid, and sometimes when there is too little, including Phlegm and Damp:

  • Fluid swellings or odema (often works better if used with moxa)
  • Water on the lungs
  • Pleurisy
  • Swellings
  • Water retention
  • Diuretic point
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nephritis
  • Where there is too much mucus, use with Bladder 20, for example.

Regulates the Intestines

  • Poor appetite
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Breathing problems from intestinal fullness
  • Vomiting from blockage of intestines
  • Acid regurgitation from intestinal fullness

Comments on Conception Vessel 9

I don't usually needle this point on its own. I combine it with other points like Bladder 20.

However, moxa here on its own can be very effective.

Conception Vessel 9 is said to open the waterways between the Middle Jiao (the Middle 'Burning Space', being the space above the umbilicus level and below the diaphragm) and the Lower Jiao, (the abdominal space inferior to the level of the umbilicus).

It helps the body separate out the clear from the turbid, and works well with the Lung and Colon channels, using points such as Lung 7 and Kidney 6.

In some ways, this is a diuretic point: it helps you pee, so clearing Damp from the system.

Damp has many forms, one of which is mucus, and using this point with Bladder 20 helps to disperse it. 

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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