Conception Vessel Meridian - Ren Mai - General Information

  • Internal/External Pathways
    Originates inside of the lower abdomen and emerges from the perineum
    Runs anteriorly to the pubic region and ascends along the interior of the abdomen
    Passes through CV 4 and the other points to the throat
    Ascending further it curves around the lips
    Passes through the cheek and enters the infraorbital region (ST 1)
  • Measurements Needed
    Sternal Costal Angle -to- Umbilicus (CV 8) = 8 cun
    Umbilicus (CV 8 -to- Upper Border of the Symphysis Pubis = 5 cun
    CV 22 -to- CV 16 = 9 cun
    Suprasternal Fossa -to- Intercostal Angle (level with 5th ICS) = 9 cun
  • Precautions - [all]
    CV 2 thru CV 7 - No Deep Needle in Pregnancy and No Perpendicular Needling in Advanced Pregnancy
    CV 8 - No Needling
    CV 9 thru CV 15 - No Perpendicular Needling in Advanced Pregnancy

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Ferro, Barbara: New England School of Acupuncture, Point Location Lecture Notes
  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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