Points Database

Location Guides:

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Ren-8 : Extraordinary Conception Vessel 8


Meetings:
Meeting of Conception Vessel with Kidney Divergent

Location:
In the centre of the umbilicus

Needling:
Needling is contraindicated at this point. It is normally treated by moxibustion or massage. Moxibustion can be indirect, by a stick, or mediated by substances such as salt, sliced ginger, crushed garlic or aconite cake

TCM Actions:
Warms the yang and rescues collapse
Warms and harmonises the intestines

TCM Indications:
  • Loss of consciousness from windstroke, collapse of yang qi, loss of consciousness.
  • Deficiency cold of the abdomen, incessant diarrhoea, borborygmus, diarrhoea in the elderly or in deficient people, infantile diarrhoea following breast-feeding, prolapse of the rectum, sudden turmoil disorder, pain around the umbilicus, oedema and drum distension.
  • Abdominal distension and retention of urine in post-partum women, infertility from cold in the blood.
  • Qi painful urinary dysfunction, wind epilepsy, opisthotonos.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Anterior cutaneous thoracic nerve from T10
    Dermatome Segment: T10

    Notes:
    Alchemical texts place this as the true location of the lower dan tian or lower cinnabar field, instead of Qihai Ren-6 or Guanyuan Ren-4 (Wang Mu, 2011, Foundations of Internal Alchemy)

    Classical texts such as the Nei Jing and Ling Shu which considered the Dai mai as simple a circle around the waist would include this a point on the Dai mai along with others level to this and Mingmen Du-4 instead of the traditional points (Yuen, 2005, The Eight Extraordinary Vessels).

    In ayurvedic medicine:
    Nabhi marma point
    Size: 4 angula (cun)
    Structure: Ligament
    Effect of Injury: Fatal (sadhyapranahar marma)
    (Harish Johari, 1996, Ayurvedic Massage, Sanatan Society; Anupama Bhattacharya, Marma Shastra)

    Lad and Durve (2008) in Marma Points of Ayurveda locate a group of five points here and at Taiyi St-23 and slightly medial to Fujie Sp-14 called Nabhi Marmani. They are all associated with Prana Vayu, Samana Vayu, Apana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, Pachaka Pitta, Ranjaka Pitta and Kledaka Kapha.

    They all have the following actions:
    - Enkindles agni, regulates samana vayu
    - Stimulates digestion and absorption in stomach, small intestine and colon
    - Regulates functions of liver, gallbladder, spleen, intestines
    - Regulates function of kidneys, pancreas, and adrenals
    - Relieves congestion in these associated organs
    - Relieves stagnation locally caused by vyana vayu
    - Relieves abdominal pain and distension
    This point is especially connected to the small intestine, mesenteric lymph nodes, peritoneum fold (omentum) and abdominal aorta.

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

    In Thai massage:
    Origin of all ten major sen lines, the Itha, Pingala, Kalatharee, Sahatsarangsi, Tawaree, Sumana, Lawusang, Ulanga, Nantakawat and Kitcha (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage).

    In Hindu tantrism this point would be the likely equivalent of the Manipura chakra.


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