I often treat patients who have an imbalance in the Pericardium meridian.
The pericardium is described as the membrane which surrounds the heart and its primary function is to protect the heart.
Protect Your Heart – This protocol can reduce the following 5 Symptoms
- Disorders of the heart–pain, palpitations, irregular heart rhythm
- Emotional disturbances–irritability
- Disorders of the chest and lung–difficulty breathing, fever
- Disorders of the upper and middle jiao–from Liver Qi Stagnation
- Swelling and pain–axilla, lateral ribcage, ear, throat, chest, breast, neck
I have been treating Ren 17 (CV 17) for any imbalances in the Pericardium channel. I was a massage therapist for about a dozen years before I became an acupuncturist.
In my experience, patients hold many emotions in the chest. Since the pericardium’s role is to protect the heart, I feel like this channel has a huge emotional component.
#1: Ren 17 is the front Mu point for the Pericardium channel.
The term ‘mu’ means to collect or gather. The qi of the pericardium channel gathers at Ren 17. Often I find tenderness with palpation at this point. When there is a blockage at Ren 17, the energy from the lung and heart will be deficient. Once I put a needle in Ren 17 the patient is able to breathe deeper, allowing energy to flow into the lower jiao.
#2: Ren 17 is a crossing point for the Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, and San Jiao channels.
Ren 17 has the powerful effect of moving qi down into the lower jiao. This fact makes sense given that it is a crossing point for so many other channels. Think about how often patients have imbalances in the Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, and San Jiao channels. Most patients only take shallow breaths, even when I talk to them about focusing their breath down to their umbilicus. Once you open Ren 17, the patient naturally breathes deeper because the flow of energy opens between the upper jiao and the middle jiao.
#3: Ren 17 is known as the “Chest Center.”
When the “Chest Center” is in excess there is fullness in the chest, difficulty with breathing, and redness in the complexion. When it is deficient there is breathlessness and difficulty speaking. The movement of qi is the key factor in the movement of blood. I have found that when the pulses are hard to feel or when the qi energy level is low, Ren 17 will make an immediate change in the quality of the pulse. If a pulse is deep, slow and hesitant–even finger pressure on Ren 17 will make an immediate change in the pulse (blood) because you have tapped into the “Sea of Qi.”
The tonification point for the Pericardium channel is PC 9 and the sedation point is PC 7. I am not a fan of needling PC 9 because it hurts! My choice for a channel point would be PC 7 because it is the source point of the channel, which means you can tonify and sedate with the same point, but sometimes it isn’t convenient to needle PC 7 because of how the patient is lying. Ren 17 is easy to needle AND incredibly effective.
When I palpate Ren 17, patients usually ask me why it is so tender. They love when I explain to them that this point is responsible for protecting their heart from the every day emotional build up that life has to offer. I usually get a response such as: “Wow–I must have a lot of emotional build-up.” I just smile, insert the needle, and remind them to relax and breathe. When the treatment is over, I like to go back to palpate Ren 17 again. Patients are quite surprised to find that Ren 17 is no longer sore.
Finally, I teach my patients how to find Ren 17 is so that they can treat themselves with acupressure on a daily basis.
Remember, there are many ways to balance the graph. Ren 17 is just one more little trick that I have found to be incredibly effective.
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Have an exceptional week!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.