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POINT: REN-17  (CONCEPTION VESSEL-17)

English: Chest Center
Also Known As: Central Altar
Middle of the Chest
Tanzhong
Penetrating Odor
Center of the Chest
Shangqihai
Upper Sea of Qi
Within the Breast
Platform Middle
  • Between the nipples, level with the fourth intercostal space, on the anterior midline.
  • On the sternum, level with the nipples of the breasts
  • Between and just above the articulations of the right and left fifth rib with the sternum.
  • On the midline of the sternum, in a depression level with the junction of the fourth intercostal space and the sternum.
  • On the midline of the sternum, between the nipples level with the fourth intercostal space.
  • Transverse insertion, pointed upward or towards the breasts, 0.5 to 1.5 cun. Sensation: local distention and soreness or a deep heavy feeling in the front of the chest.
  • Puncture subcutaneously 0.3 to 0.5 cun.
  • Moxibustion is applicable.
  • Transverse insertion directed superiorly or inferiorly along the channel 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Transverse insertion pointed laterally towards the breasts, 1 to 1.5 cun for breast disorders.
  • Front-Mu (Alarm) point of the Pericardium
  • Hui-Meeting point of Qi
  • Front-Mu point of the Upper Jiao
  • Sea of Qi point
  • Intersecting point of the Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine and San Jiao channels on the REN channel.
  • Center reunion point of breath energy.
  • Regulates the Lungs
  • Regulates the Upper Jiao
  • Tonifies Ancestral (Zong) Qi
  • Expands and relaxes the chest
  • Diffuses Lung Qi
  • Regulates and tonifies Qi
  • Transforms Phlegm
  • Warms and transforms Cold Phlegm in the chest
  • Transforms Phlegm-Heat
  • Warms the Yang
  • Descends Rebellious Qi of the Lungs and Stomach
  • Facilitates and expedites lactation
  • Benefits the diaphragm and breasts
  • Benefits gathering Qi
  • Anti-smoking point
  • Anti-gas point
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shortness of breath with Rebellious Qi
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Lung abscess with purulent coughing
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Inability to speak due to Deficiency
  • Labored breathing
  • Facial pallor
  • All breast disorders
  • Acute mastitis
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Breast abscess
  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing fits
  • Wheezing
  • Panting
  • Tumors on the neck
  • Cough with copious mucoid sputum
  • Breast lumps
  • Dyspnea
  • Epigastric pain
  • A rattling sound in the throat
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Vomiting of foamy, watery saliva
  • Goiter
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Debility
  • Edema
  • Spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Blood Stasis in the chest
  • Esophageal stenosis
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Qi Deficiency
  • "Singing" in the throat
  • Vomiting all that is eaten
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Hypochondriac restriction and pain
  • Diaphragmatic spasms
  • Stifling sensation in the chest
  • Hiccoughs
  • Coughing up sputum
  • Hemoptysis
  • Difficulty swallowing or inability to swallow food
  • Esophageal dryness
  • Feeling of constriction or tightness in the chest
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hemoptysis
  • Spitting Blood
  • Dysphagia
  • Chest oppression
  • Anorexia
  • Abundant expectoration
  • Chest Bi
  • Esophageal constriction
  • Distention and pain in the breasts
  • Wind Bi
  • Weakness
  • Arthritic hands
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Tendon and ligament troubles in the chest
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Dyspnea preventing eating
  • Cardiac pain
  • Pleurisy
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Pneumonia
  • Gastric cancer
  • Cramps in cholera
  • Running piglet Qi
  • Pains due to Wind
  • Baby's milk vomiting

M-BW-1
Dingchuan
REN-22
Tiantu
PC-6
Neiguan

SI-18
Rugen
ST-36
Zusanli
SI-1
Shaoze

LI-4
Hegu

LI-11
Quchi

Bronchial asthma

Insufficient lactation

Mastitis

SJ-10
Tianjing

REN-22
Tiantu

ST-12
Quepen
REN-14
Juque

Chest blockage with Heart pain

Dyspnea and cough

Asthma

Inability to sleep at night

Agitated mind

Cough

PC-1
Tianchi
REN-22
Tiantu
ST-41
Jiexi
SI-15
Jianzhongshu

REN-20
Huagai

Moxa LU-1
Zhongfu
Moxa REN-8
Shenque

Rebellious Qi cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty catching the breath with inability to speak

Abdominal fullness

shortness of breath with a rattling sound

SJ-10
Tianjing

REN-14
Juque

LI-5
Yangxi
SP-4
Gongsun
ST-40
Fenglong

Chest Bi

Heart pain and fullness of the Heart and abdomen

Pain of the diaphragm from fluid accumulation that is difficult to endure

Vomiting Phlegm and watery saliva

Dizziness that does not cease

REN-12
Zhongwan
PC-7
Daling
PC-8
Laogong

SI-1
Shaoze

 

 

SI-1
Shaoze

LI-4
Hegu

Vomiting clear, watery saliva

Absence of lactation (moxa REN-17)

Absence of lactation

  • Some classical texts forbid needling this point.
  • Don't use this point unless it is tender or there is Cold in the Upper Jiao.
  • This is a very important point to tonify Qi.
  • It is also a major point for the chest, Lungs, Heart, diaphragm and breasts.
  • Moxibustion of this point is often used to stop smoking.
  • This point links DU-14 Dazhui, DU-15 Yamen and ST-9 Renying .