Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17) is a crossing point for the Lung, Pericardium and Heart channels which makes it a great point to open the chest. It will help clear phlegm and congestion from the chest, help resolve an anxiety or panic attack, calm heart palpitations, and even relieve acid indigestion.
This is a great self-help point. I like to teach patients to press on Conception Vessel 17 while lying in bed at night before going to sleep while focusing on deep breathing. It’s a great way to relieve stress at the end of the day.
Chakra Connection: Conception Vessel 17 matches the location for the heart chakra. The heart chakra represents our ability to open up our heart and love deeply.
The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:
Acupuncture Point: Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17, CV17) ‘Heart Chakra’
Chinese Name: Shan Zhong
English Name: Chest Center
Location: In a depression on the midline, on the sternum, level with the 4th intercostal space.
Attributes: Front-Mu (Alarm) point of the Pericardium. Influential point of the Qi. Point of the Sea of Qi, Meeting pointing of the Conception vessel with the Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, and Triple Energizer channels. Upper Energizer point.
TCM Actions: Regulates Qi and downbears counterflow; clears the lung and transforms phlegm; loosens the chest and disinhibits the diaphragm.
Indications: Dyspnea; hiccups; chest pain; lactation insufficiency.
Secondary Indications: Wheezing dyspnea and shortness of breath; cough and blood ejection; spitting of blood; chest pain; goiter; vomiting of foamy drool; deathlike inversion; sudden pain and vexation; heart palpitations with sorrow and fear.
Needle Information: Subcutaneous insertion .3 – .5 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.
Cautions: Several texts contra-indicate needling of this point.
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