Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Zhongting : Central Courtyard

Ren-16 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 16

On the midline of the sternum at the sternocostal angle.

Transverse insertion, directed superiorly or inferiorly along the midline 0.5 cun

TCM Actions:
Unbinds the chest
Regulates the stomach and descends rebellion

TCM Indications:
  • Fullness of the chest and lateral costal region, oesophageal constriction, difficult ingestion, vomiting after eating, vomiting of breast milk in infants, cold and pain of the umbilicus.

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

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Hridayam marma point
    Size: 4 angula (cun)
    Structure: Blood vessel
    Effect of Injury: Fatal (sadhyapranahar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, n.d. Marma Shastra)

    In Tibetan medicine:
    Moxa point (AMNH, Tibetan Medical Paintings)

    Reference Notes: (click to display)