Conception Vessel 23, Ren-23 Lianquan, Pure (or Clear) Spring, is the 23rd point on the Conception Vessel, one of the so-called ‘Extraordinary’ acupuncture channels. (Click here for information on TCM theory and here for a list of the acupuncture meridians.)
It is right up there under the root of your tongue, but don’t worry, you get at it from outside, not inside, your mouth! Good for when you lose your voice.
Another way of locating it is that it usually lies midway between the tip of the cricoid cartilage and the border of the mandible (ie the chin bone) – but you’ve still got to locate the cricoid cartilage which is the cartilage inferior to the laryngeal prominence, the Adam’s Apple.
Point the needle directly upwards towards the vertex. Up to 1 cun. Tell the patient not to talk or swallow as the needle is being inserted, and preferably not while the needle is in place. (Which is easier said than done, and rather like telling somebody not to think of a pink elephant.)
Locally and under the tongue. It feels like a needle or fish-bone. Surprisingly many patients hardly feel the actual insertion through the skin, perhaps because of fewer nerves in that area.
Up to 7 cones, though some books forbid it here.
However, it’s all very well to suggest these points, but when you are very anxious and have lost your voice, you may not be very amenable to having this point and Kidney 1 needled.
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