Points Database

Location Guides:

: Huagai : Magnificent Canopy

Ren-20 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 20

Classifications:
Master Tung's Metal Five

Location:
On the midline of the sternum, level with the junction of the first intercostal space and the sternum.

Needling:
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.

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

    Notes:
    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)


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