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.
Transversely upwards or downwards, just under the skin. Up to 1 cun. Obtaining deqi isn’t always easy, I find.
I haven’t used this point often enough to notice whether the sensation is anything other than purely local to the point.
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:
Yin Meeting Place
Sea of Qi
Spirit Palace Pathway
Lower Stomach Duct
Upper Stomach Duct
Great Palace Gateway
Middle of the Chest
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