Conception Vessel 9: Ren-9 Shuifen

Conception Vessel 9, Ren-9, is one of the main acupuncture points for clearing what Chinese Medicine calls ‘Damp’ from the body. There’s a lot of it around.
Conception Vessel Points

Conception Vessel 9 is the ninth point on the Conception Vessel, one of the ‘Extra-Ordinary’ acupuncture channels.

Location of Ren-9

1 cun above the centre of the umbilicus on the midline, the distance from the umbilicus to the sterno-costal notch being 8 cun.

Needling Shuifen

Vertically, up to 1.5 cun. Take care not to needle too deeply in thin people in case you pierce the peritoneal cavity.

 

Sensation

Downards towards the urethra, as well as locally.

 

Moxa on Ren 9

Up to 15 cones.

 

ACTIONS of Shuifen

  • Stimulates the transformation of water in the body and abdomen
  • Regulates the action of the Intestines

 

Transformation of Damp and Phlegm

Used where there is too much fluid, and sometimes when there is too little, including Phlegm and Damp:

  • Fluid swellings or odema (often works better if used with moxa)
  • Water on the lungs
  • Pleurisy
  • Swellings
  • Water retention
  • Diuretic point
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nephritis
  • Where there is too much mucus, use with Bladder 20, for example.

 

Regulates the Intestines

  • Poor appetite
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Breathing problems from intestinal fullness
  • Vomiting from blockage of intestines
  • Acid regurgitation from intestinal fullness

Comments on Conception Vessel 9

I don’t usually needle this point on its own. I combine it with other points like Bladder 20.

However, moxa here on its own can be very effective.

Conception Vessel 9 is said to open the waterways between the Middle Jiao (the Middle ‘Burning Space’, being the space above the umbilicus level and below the diaphragm) and the Lower Jiao, (the abdominal space inferior to the level of the umbilicus).

It helps the body separate out the clear from the turbid, and works well with the Lung and Colon channels, using points such as Lung 7 and Kidney 6.

In some ways, this is a diuretic point: it helps you pee, so clearing Damp from the system.

Damp has many forms, one of which is mucus, and using this point with Bladder 20 helps to disperse it. 

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

Ren-1HuiyinYin Meeting PlaceRen-13ShangwanUpper Stomach Duct
Ren-2QuguCrooked BoneRen-14JuqueGreat Palace Gateway
Ren-3ZhongjiUtmost MiddleRen-15JiuweiDovetail
Ren-4GuanyuanSource GateRen-16ZhongtingCentral Hall
Ren-5ShimenStonegateRen-17ShangzhongMiddle of the Chest
Ren-6QihaiSea of QiRen-18YutangJade Hall
Ren-7Yin JiaoYin Intersection/td>Ren-19ZigongPurple Palace
Ren-8ShenqueSpirit Palace PathwayRen-20HuagaiFlower Covering
Ren-9ShuifenWater SeparationRen-21XuanjiJade Pearl
Ren-10XiawanLower Stomach DuctRen-22TiantuHeavenly Rushing
Ren-11JianliEarthing WithinRen-23LianquanClear Spring
Ren-12ZhongwanUtmost MiddleRen-24ChengjiangFluid Container

 

Click to return from Conception Vessel 9 to Acupuncture Point Location.

Jonathan Brand colours

Stay in Touch!

No spam, only notifications about new articles and updates.

The latest books
Book a Consultation
Book Consultation
Acupuncture consultation

Book a Video consultation if you want to know more about your symptoms

Related Articles

Leg Stomach Channel yuan-source points
5 Elements or Phases

Element Acupuncture Points

Element points lie between elbow and finger-tip or knee and toe-tip. They hugely enhance other acupuncture strategies but some acupuncturists ignore them!

Read More »

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *