The Conceptional Vessels Meridian (The Ren Channel)

This meridian is not associated with any organ but it possesses yin character and it endowed with a controlling influence over all the yin meridians of the body.It is described as a conceptional vessel because of its special control over the reproductive functions and as ‘Ren channel’ because of anterior midline position in the body (Ren means
front” in Chinese record).

Total number of points : 24.

Starting point : In the center of the perineum in front of the anus.

Terminal point : Middle of the mentolabial sulcus.

Pathway : This meridian originates in the pelvic cavity and emerges at
the perineum between the anus and the external genitalia. It runs upwards in front of the pubic symphysis and then ascends along the anterior midline of the abdomen, chest and neck. It winds around the inferior surface of the lower jaw and ends at the mentolabial sulcus by dividing in two inner branches which go to both eyes and brain.

Therapeutic Indications

1. All the disorders along the pathway of the channel.

2. Genito-urinary disorders.

3. Abdominal disorders.

4. Heart and lung disorders.

5. Diseases of the breast.

6. Speech disorders.

7. Disorders of the mouth and face like Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache, excessive salivation.

8. Painless child birth.

9. Oedema and ascites.

Description of Some Selected Points

CV-1 Huiyin 

Location: Center of the perineum in front of the anus.

Indications: Haemorrhoids, prolapse of uterus, irregular menstruation, vaginitis.

                             CV -1 (Huiyin)

CV-2 Qugu (Chu ku)

Location: Just above the superior border of the pubic symphysis in midline.

Indications: Urinary incontinence, frequency of micturition, retention of urine, cystitis, pelvic cellulitis, spermatorrhoea, impotence, nocturnal ~ emissions, premature ejaculation, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhoea, functional uterine bleeding, leucorrhoea, retained placenta, postpartum haemorrhage, prolapse of uterus.

CV-3 Zhongji (Chung Chi)

Location: On the anterior abdominal wall, 4 t-sun below the umbilicus in the anterior midline.

Indications: Same as  CV-2 (Qugu).

CV-4 Guanyuan (Kuanyuan)

Location: In the midline of the anterior abdominal wall, 3 t-sun below the umbilicus.

Indications: Same as  CV-2 (Qugu).

CV-5 Shimen (Shihmen)

Location: In the midline of the anterior abdominal wall, 2 t-sun below the umbilicus.

Indications: Painless child birth, specific point for oedema, abdominal distension, irregular menstruation.

CV-6 Qihai (Chihai)

Location: In the midline of the anterior abdominal wall, 1.5 t-sun below the umbilicus.

Indications: Neurasthenia, abdominal pain, distended abdomen, menstrual disorders, enuresis, spermatorrhoea.

CV-9 Shuifen

Location: 1 t-sun above umbilicus in the front of midline.

Indications: Oedema (specific point), hyper-peristalsis, varicose veins, dysuria, diarrhoea.


     CV – 2 (Qugu) CV -3 (Zhongii) CV -4 (Guanyuan) CV -5 (Shimen)                             CV -6 (Quihai) CV -9 (Shuifen)

CV-12 Zhongwan (Chungwan)

Location: Midway between the umbilicus and the tip of the xiphoid process in the front midline, 4 t-sun above the umbilicus.

Indications: Gastralgia, epigastric pain, gastric ulcer, reflex oesophagitis, hiatus hernia, gastroptosis, heart burn, hiccup, dyspepsia, nausea and vomiting, retrosternal pain, pain in cardiac region.

CV -12 (Zhongwang) CV -17 (Shangzhong)


CV-17 Shanzhong (Shanchung)

Location: On the midline of the sternum midway between the two nipples at the level of the fourth intercostal space.

Indications: Asthma, bronchitis, cough, pain in the chest, intercostal neuralgia, lactational deficiency, hiccup, heart diseases, acne vulgaris.

CV-23 Lianquan (Lienchuan)

Location: Midway between the lower border of the mandible and the tip of the cricoid cartilage, in the front of midline of the neck.

Indications: Mutism, aphasia, hoarseness of voice, pharyngitis, laryngitis, excessive salivation, tonsillitis.


CV-24 Chengjiang (Chengchiang)

Location: Center of the mentolabial sulcus.

Indications: Facial paralysis, gingivitis, toothache, excessive salivation.

        CV -23 (Lianquan) (Lienchuan)                            CV -24 (Chengjiang) (Chengchiang)

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