Conception Vessel 2 - Ren-2
Qugu: Crooked or Curved Bone

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Conception Vessel 2, Qugu, is the first point of the Conception Vessel on the abdomen. By acupuncturists it's used for strengthening the whole system and for clearing various forms of damp and heat.

The point is also a meeting place with the Liver Channel.

Location of Ren-2

On the midline of the abdomen, just superior to the pubic bone, 5 cun below the umbilicus.

Needling Ren-2

Half to one cun, vertically to the skin. Because the point lies over the bladder, advise the patient to void the bladder before treatment.

Needle sensation extends through to the perineum and the sexual organs.

Be very wary when needling this point in pregnant women. It's not forbidden to acupuncture for them, but should be done only with great care.

Moxa here is often beneficial when there is weakness.

ACTIONS of Conception Vessel 2

  • Regulates the Lower Abdomen and the Bladder
  • Strengthens Jing-Essence and Kidney energy

Regulates the Lower Abdomen and the Bladder

  • Swelling of the lower abdomen
  • Painful fullness of the lower abdomen
  • Enuresis
  • Cystitis (whether bacterial or not)
  • Red vaginal discharges
  • Menses: irregular, metrorrhagia, menorrhagia
  • Uterine haemorrhage
  • Genital pain
  • Vaginal itch
  • Hernia and genito-urinary problems
  • Itchy scrotum
  • Retention of urine

Strengthening Jing Essence and Firming Kidney Energy

  • Weakness in the 5 Zang
  • Spermatorrhoea
  • Contraction of penis
  • Premature ejaculation
  • White vaginal discharges
  • Impotence
  • Weak or hesitant urination
  • Dryness of vaginal fluids

Comment on Conception Vessel 2

This point is to some extent interchangeable with Conception Vessel 3. Use whichever is more tender.

Some of its qualities derive from its being a meeting point with the Liver channel, such as regulation of the Lower Abdomen and the menses, and supporting male genital action.

Although not usually listed as such, this point can also be useful in treating some kinds of Liver Yang headache due to deficient Liver Yin or deficient Liver Blood.

Its action in strengthening male genital action suggests it also benefits Liver qi and Liver Blood, in which case it could help other conditions of these syndromes such as weak vision.

Its ability to strengthen Kidney and Jing suggests its use for a variety of yin deficient conditions. 

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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