Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Shanzhong : Chest Centre or Central Altar

Ren-17 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 17

Front Mu of the pericardium
Hui-Meeting point of the qi
Point of the Sea of Qi
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual; Melzack, Stillwell & Fox, 1977, Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points for Pain: Correlations and Implications, Pain 3, p3-23)

Meeting of Conception Vessel with Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, San Jiao, Bladder Divergent, Stomach Divergent, Spleen Divergent, Small Intestine Divergent, Heart Divergent, San Jiao Divergent and Pericardium Divergent

On the midline of the sternum, in a depression level with the junction of the fourth intercostal space and the sternum.

Transverse insertion directed superiorly or inferiorly along the channel 0.5 - 1 cun, or transverse insertion directed laterally towards the breasts 1 - 1.5 cun for breast disorders.

According to several classical texts this point is contraindicated to needling.

TCM Actions:
Regulates qi and unbinds the chest
Descends rebellion of the lung and stomach
Benefits gathering qi
Benefits the breasts and promotes lactation

TCM Indications:
  • Shortness of breath with rebellious qi, inability to speak, dyspnoea, wheezing, rattling sound in the throat, cough, asthma, fullness and oppression of the chest and diaphragm, obstruction of the chest, pain of the chest and Heart, coughing, chest painful obstruction, Lung abscess with purulent coughing.
  • Difficult ingestion, acid regurgitation, oesophageal constriction, vomiting of foamy (watery) saliva.
  • Insufficient lactation, breast abscess, distension and pain of the breast.
  • Goitre, wind painful obstruction, loss of consciousness.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T6
    Dermatome Segment: T5

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Sternalis
    Myotome Innervation: Anterior thoracic (pectoral) nerves (C5 - T1)
    Location Notes: Travell & Simons (1998) actually locate this either side of Renzhong ren-17
    Pain Referral Pattern: Over the sternum and across the top of the chest inferior to the clavicle, to the shoulders and radiating down the medial aspect of the upper arms
    Indications: Chest pain ; Shoulder and arm pain

    Possible location of the middle dan tian or Yellow Court (huangting) in alchemical practice, at the level of the heart, or where heaven (upper dan tian) and earth (lower dan tian) meet. See also Juque Ren-14.


    This point treats disorders of the Upper Burner in a San Jiao treatment (Wang & Robertson, 2008, Applied Channel Theory).


    This point is also indicated for issues relating to the Third Level of Manifestation of the Soul, or the Manipura chakra, manifesting in difficulties switching the mind off, becoming unconscious and sleeping. The problem is that the Lung qi is unable to descend into the formless darkness of the Kidneys or the Kidneys are unable to hold it here.
    The specific purpose of this point is clear obstruction in the chest preventing the mind's descent. The others in the set are Shuaigu GB-8, Daling Pc-7 and Jimai Liv-12 or Ququan Liv-8 (Yuen, 2005, 3 Spirits & 7 Souls).


    This is also one of the points in the 3 Treasures treatment along with Baihui Du-20 and Yongquan Kid-1.
    The alchemist Ge Hong used moxa on these points for exorcism of ghosts ("Gui") (ibid.).


    When using the Bladder or Small Intestine Divergent meridians to expel a pathogen a band around the chest at this point, including Shendao Du-11, Xinshu Bl-15 and Shentang Bl-44, should be treated with Gua Sha before commencing needling (Cecil-Sterman, 2012, Advanced Acupuncture).


    Medieval phlebotomy point (John de Foxton, 1408: Liber Cosmographiae, maa.cam.ac.uk)


    In Tibetan medicine:
    May be treated with burnt cones of edelweiss flowers (Trah-wah) on crushed garlic for mental conditions (Bradley, 2000: Principles of Tibetan Medicine).


    The Front Mu points make likely locations for application of leeches to reduce fevers according to François Broussais' (1772–1838) philosophy who believed in placing them over the diseased organs to reduce inflammation (Greenstone, 2010, The history of bloodletting, BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 1, Pp 12-14).


    If gates along the microcosmic orbit are considered in terms of qabalistic sephirot then this point would be equivalent to gevurah. Other comparisons place tipharet here, over the heart which I have placed lower, at
    Juque Ren-14, the front Mu of the Heart.


    In Hindu tantrism this point would be the location of the kshetram or activation point of the Anahata chakra.


    This is a marmmam vital spot in Indian martial arts and medicine (Ayurvedic and Siddha) known as Trisangupuspam, "three conch flower" and is popular in Malayalam cinema. Striking it causes "the eyes to pop out, while the victim, screaming unknowingly, spits blood (in Sieler, R. 2012, Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets, p.41).

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