Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Zigong : Purple Palace

Ren-19 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 19

Master Tung's Metal Five

On the midline of the sternum, level with the junction of the second intercostal space and the sternum.

Transverse insertion directed superiorly or inferiorly along the channel 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Unbinds the chest
Regulates and descends qi

TCM Indications:
  • Pain of the chest, pain of the sternum, cough, coughing blood, saliva like white glue.
  • Vomiting with uprising qi, difficult ingestion, agitation, painful obstruction, bone pain.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T3
    Dermatome Segment: T3

    In Tung's acupuncture this point is called Jin Zhuan and forms one of the Metal Five (Jin Wu), a series of five points that start at the upper border of the manubrium and descend at 1 cun intervals, approximately overlapping with Ren-18 to Ren-22. They are all indicated for difficultly breathing as well as their traditional indications for each point (McCann, 2014, Pricking the Vessels).

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

    Reference Notes: (click to display)