Conception Vessel 19, Ren-19 Zigong, Purple Palace

Conception Vessel 19, Ren-19, Purple Palace, Zigong is the 19th acupuncture point on the Conception Vessel.
Conception Vessel Points

Conception Vessel 19, Ren-19, Purple Palace, Zigong is the 19th acupuncture point on the Conception Vessel, which runs up the anterior middle of the torso between genitals and mouth.

Location of Ren-19

On the sternum mid-line, at the level of the second inter-costal space.

Needling Zigong

Transversely upwards or downwards, just under the skin. Up to 1 cun. Obtaining deqi isn’t always easy, I find.

 

Needle Sensation

I haven’t used this point often enough to notice whether the sensation is anything other than purely local to the point.

 

Moxa

Moxibustion: Up to 5 cones.

 

ACTIONS of Ren-19

  • Opens the chest: asthma, cough, fullness in the chest
  • Descends uprising or rebellious Qi

 

Although this point, together with Conception Vessel 18 and 20, each has a different name, they all do much the same, although perhaps their different names bestow important distinctions that I don’t always understand.

They are helpful where patients feel stuffy or tight-chested, or where something swallowed is causing local pain or won’t go down.

  • Throat swelling or pain
  • Fullness in the chest
  • Pain in the chest
  • Anxiety arising from chest pain

Comment on Ren-19

I’ve  used Conception Vessel 19 to mainly to help clear a frequent sense of blockage when swallowing food. Whatever any underlying physical cause there may have been, the patient’s doctor couldn’t find it and wasn’t sufficiently concerned to recommend an X-Ray.

This point lies at the same level as Kidney 25 which I often use for stuffiness or discomfort in the chest causing breathing difficulties. Together they could make a powerful combination, perhaps with Lung 5 in case of cough, for instance. Still further over is Stomach 15 which is also used for many of the same problems.

Of these, I find Kidney 25 is usually the most tender when needed, and can be very effective in helping to clear a blocked chest where there is stagnation, for instance of Phlegm or Damp.

 

To access other points on the Conception Vessel, click below:

Ren-1

Huiyin

Yin Meeting Place

Ren-2

Qugu

Crooked Bone

Ren-3

Zhongji

Utmost Middle

Ren-4

Guanyuan

Source Gate

Ren-5

Shimen

Stonegate

Ren-6

Qihai

Sea of Qi

Ren-7

Yin Jiao

Yin Intersection/td>

Ren-8

Shenque

Spirit Palace Pathway

Ren-9

Shuifen

Water Separation

Ren-10

Xiawan

Lower Stomach Duct

Ren-11

Jianli

Earthing Within

Ren-12

Zhongwan

Utmost Middle

Ren-13

Shangwan

Upper Stomach Duct

Ren-14

Juque

Great Palace Gateway

Ren-15

Jiuwei

Dovetail

Ren-16

Zhongting

Central Hall

Ren-17

Shangzhong

Middle of the Chest

Ren-18

Yutang

Jade Hall

Ren-19

Zigong

Purple Palace

Ren-20

Huagai

Flower Covering

Ren-21

Xuanji

Jade Pearl

Ren-22

Tiantu

Heavenly Rushing

Ren-23

Lianquan

Clear Spring

Ren-24

Chengjiang

Fluid Container

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