Acupuncture Points Notebook

Location Guides:

: Huagai : Magnificent Canopy

Ren-20 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 20

Master Tung's Metal Five

On the midline of the sternum, level with the junction of the first 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:
  • Dyspnoea, wheezing, asthma, cough, rebellious qi, dyspnoea with inability to speak, pain and fullness of the chest and lateral costal region.
  • Difficult ingestion.

    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerves from T2 or T3
    Dermatome Segment: T2, T3

    In Tung's acupuncture this point is called Jin Yang 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)