Conception Vessel 24, Ren-24 Chengjiang, Receiving Fluid
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Conception Vessel 24, Ren-24 Chengjiang, Receiving Fluid, is the 24th and last point on the Conception Vessel, one of the so-called 'Extraordinary' acupuncture channels.
- Meeting point with Governor Vessel, Stomach and Large Intestine channels
- Exit point of the Conception Vessel Channel
Location of Ren 24
On the face, under the lower lip in the mid-line, in the depression (the
mento-labial groove) between the point of the chin and the lower lip.
source suggests that you stand the patient up, relaxed, mouth slightly
open, to locate the point, but I haven't found this necessary.
Needling and Moxa Chengjiang
Needle depth no more than 0.5 cun, directed obliquely upwards.
Local and towards the lip.
Up to 7 cones.
ACTIONS of Conception Vessel 24
- Dispels Wind locally
- Sedative eg for local pain
- Meeting point with Stomach, Large Intestine and Governor channels
- Exit point
- Facial paralysis, deviation or numbness
- Facial swelling
- Mouth and eyes awry
- Stiff neck or head
Sedative eg for local pain
- Mouth ulcers and abscess
- Trigeminal neuralgia (partly because the point is a meeting point with other channels, see below)
- Controls over-salivation
Meeting point with
- Large Intestine
- Stomach channels
such, Conception Vessel 24 works on those other channels too, hence its
ability to clear obstruction (eg from Wind) in the whole face area,
including oedema and aphasia.
- Equally, it makes this a point
able to help develop better coordination, because the Large Intestine
channel crosses from one side to the other side of the face and,
physically, from side to side in the abdomen.
- This is also
where the Conception Vessel, a yin channel, meets three yang channels
(Governor, Stomach and Large Intestine). Hence it can help to alleviate
yin deficiency situations like wasting and thirsting disorders.
Exit point of the Conception Vessel
Governor vessel exits above the upper lip at Governor 26. These two
vessels, Conception and Governor, are by many thought to create a cycle
of flow of Qi.
- However, this would mean that one of them actually
changes direction and it is generally considered that this should be
the Conception Vessel which, for the flow to proceed smoothly, would
actually start at Conception Vessel 24 and take energy downwards to
Conception Vessel 1 where it would exit and then enter the Governor
Vessel at Governor Vessel 1.
- From there it would rise up the back culminating at Governor 26 again, above the lip, to repeat the cycle.
- Those who practise meditation to move the Qi in this direction of flow find that it works, whatever the theory says. (Personally, I do it almost daily. If it looks easy, I advise you to get someone to teach you because it is more profound in effect than perhaps you realise.)
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- However, all is not agreed. Why? Because all the Yang channels flow downwards while all the Yin channels flow upwards. For example, the (Yin) Kidney channel flows from the foot to the chest then transposes to the Pericardium channel which flows from the chest to the fingertips. (You have to imagine someone standing with their arms upraised to get the point of this.)
- Similarly, the Small Intestine channel (yang) commences at the fingertips, flows to the head where it joins via its exit point to the entry point of the Bladder channel which then flows down the back to the small toe.
- So that means that actually, it's the Governor channel one might expect to flow, not up but down the back, from Governor Vessel 26 to Governor 1.
- You may think this not too important. Probably you're right, but some people would strongly disagree.
- Anyway, be all this as it may, everyone agrees that the mouth is where the Qi cycle crosses between Conception and Governor channels.
- If you plan to explore this, which unless you are fairly committed I don't recommend, to see if you can negotiate the flow from one to the other, place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, then sit down and concentrate, for an indefinite period of time.
||Yin Meeting Place
||Upper Stomach Duct
||Great Palace Gateway
||Middle of the Chest
||Sea of Qi
||Spirit Palace Pathway
||Lower Stomach Duct
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