Conception Vessel 12 (also known as Ren 12 or CV 12) is great for everything related to digestion. It helps with conditions such as bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation. etc.
The emotions of the spleen involve overthink and over worry. So if you know someone who has digestive issues because of emotional stress, this is a great point for them.
While I was in college and studying constantly, I still had kids at home. When they came and complained of a tummy ache, I would draw an “X” on this point with a marker and ask my kids to go and press on it. Although nothing is better than a mother’s love, this point would at least help resolve the tummy ache.
Chakra Connection: Conception Vessel 20 also matches the location for the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.
The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:
Acupuncture Point: Conception Vessel 12 (CV 12, CV12) ‘Solar Plexus Chakra’
Chinese Name: Zhong Wan
English Name: Middle Cavity
Location: On the midline, 4 cun superior to the umbilicus.
Attributes: Front-Mu (Alarm) point of the Stomach. Influential point of the Fu organs, Meeting point of the Conception vessel and the Small Intestine, Triple Energizer, and Stomach channels. Middle Energizer point.
TCM Actions: Harmonizes the stomach and downbears counterflow; fortifies the spleen and disinhibits damp.
Indications: Stomach pain; abdominal distention; gastric reflux and acid regurgitation; vomiting; diarrhea; dysenteric disease; untransformed digestate.
Secondary Indications: Abdominal pain; abdominal fullness; abdominal rumbling; stomach pain; scorched stench in the nose; difficult defecation; yellow or dark-colored urine; loss of taste; cholera; deathlike inversion; urgent or chronic fright wind; damage due to preoccupation; cardiac pain; generalized swelling; vacuity taxation and blood ejection; mania and withdrawal; jaundice; running piglet pattern; postpartum blood dizziness; endogenous damage to the spleen and stomach.
Needle Information: Perpendicular insertion .5 – 1.2 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.
Cautions: Deep insertion may penetrate the peritoneal cavity. No deep needle in pregnancy.
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