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Conception Vessel points lie along the Conception Vessel acupuncture channel, which runs up the anterior mid-line of the body.
Some of these points are very important to acupuncturists because they back up treatments using other acupuncture points.
Many of them are vital in developing and influencing Yin energy. Others are powerful local points, for energy, the womb, the stomach and so on.
By the way, if you are looking for information about the Conception Vessel itself, click here.
To understand how these points work you probably should read that page first: it may help you understand how the way Chinese medicine uses these obscure ('obscure' at least to Western medicine and science) little points on the body is based on a unique view of us humans, our health, our lives and our position in the universe.
One or two of them are forbidden to use, for instance, on pregnant women.
Some are Alarm or Front-Mu points.
Some acupuncturists are wary about using these points too much, while others use them all the time, or at least, often.
They aren't usually the first points to be taught in Acupuncture Colleges because what the Conception Vessel and its points do can take a bit of understanding.
If you are receiving acupuncture at one of these points, click on the point's name in the table below to read about it.
Those little dots up the mid-line of the torso don't really do justice to the path of the Conception Vessel. It starts, so all the ancient texts on the matter say, in the low abdomen, probably in the uterus in women and possibly the prostate in men.
(However, its root is really almost certainly in the Chong Mo vessel.)
From that point in the low abdomen it goes down to its first surface point at Conception Vessel 1, which lies in front of the anus and, in women, behind the vulva.
From there it rises up within the abdomen to meet with many other zangfu energies, including the Liver, Kidney, Spleen and Small Intestine.
Even when it seems to terminate at Conception Vessel 24, its path hasn't finished. In fact is winds round the mouth and terminates just below the eyes at Stomach point 1.
So conception vessel points also cover the face and cheeks, and when I'm treating points along the Stomach Channel on the face I am also using my knowledge of the Conception Vessel to help them act more effectively.
That makes my treatments more successful. (Or so I like to think.)
Another branch, which you can't see in the picture, descends in the abdomen and then rises up the spine. That matches the Governor channel, which also travels up the the spine, but has a branch that spreads up the front of the body.
From this you can see that Governor and Conception vessels are really intertwined, in fact two branches of the same vessel.
Yet another branch, called its connecting channel, spreads from Conception Vessel 15 Jiuwei over the abdomen.
Summarising its pathways
During its journey it connects with all the zangfu, plus the Governing Vessel and Chong Mo (from which it commences).
In many cases, Ren Mo points are powerful energy centres so are used only when the energies are flowing smoothly in what your acupuncturist deems is the right direction.
To take an analogy, suppose you put rocket fuel in a small car (just supposing it would work like a rocket!). If the car's engine is out of tune, the driver dozy, the body fabric rusty and the wheels out of alignment, what might happen?
Yes. Well. Quite.
It would be better to use rocket fuel only when you know the driver is alert, relaxed, ready and healthy, and his car is in good condition with good brakes. Otherwise, he might drive recklessly and cause damage.
Likewise, an acupuncturist might aim to get everything else in your body working smoothly and in balance before greatly boosting your energy. Of course, the more experienced the acupuncturist, the more he or she might know how to use these points early on.
And these points have fantastic qualities.
Click on the Ren numbers below to get to points on this channel.
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|
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
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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