Conception Vessel 任脈

Hui Yin 會陰 (CV 1)

TRANSLATION: Meeting of Yin
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Penetrating Vessel, and Governing Vessel channels; Ghost Point
LOCATION: Between anus and root of scrotum in males, and anus and posterior labial commissure in females
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Qu Gu 曲骨 (CV 2)

TRANSLATION: Curved Bone
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel and Liver channels
LOCATION: On the midline of the lower abdomen, at the superior border of the pubic symphysis, 5 cun below the umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Zhong Ji 中極 (CV 3)

TRANSLATION: Central Pole
TYPE: Mu point of Urinary Bladder; Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Liver, Spleen and Kidney channels
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 4 cun below umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Guan Yuan 關元 (CV 4)

TRANSLATION: Gate Origin
TYPE: Mu point of the Small Intestines; Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Liver, Spleen, and Kidney channels
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 3 cun below umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: a) 90° insertion, b) 45° inferior insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: a) 0.5-1.0 cun, b) 1.0-1.5 cun

Shi Men 石門 (CV 5)

TRANSLATION: Stone Gate
TYPE: Mu point of the Triple Burner
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 2 cun below umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Qi Hai 氣海 (CV 6)

TRANSLATION: Sea of Qi
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 1.5 cun below umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Yin Jiao 陰交 (CV 7)

TRANSLATION: Yin Crossing
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Penetrating Vessel, and Kidney channels
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 1 cun below umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Shen Que 神闕 (CV 8)

TRANSLATION: Spirit's Gateway
TYPE:  
LOCATION: In the center of the umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: N/A (see Cautions & Contraindications)
NEEDLE DEPTH: N/A (see Cautions & Contraindications)

Shui Fen 水分 (CV 9)

TRANSLATION: Water Separation
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On the midline of abdomen, 1 cun above umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Xia Wan 下脘 (CV 10)

TRANSLATION: Lower Cavity
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel and Spleen channels
LOCATION: On the midline of abdomen, 2 cun above umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Jian Li 建里 (CV 11)

TRANSLATION: Interior Strengthening
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 3 cun above umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Zhong Wan 中脘 (CV 12)

TRANSLATION: Middle Cavity
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Small Intestine, Triple Burner, and Stomach channels; Mu point of the Stomach; Hui-Meeting point of the Fu organs
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 4 cun above umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Shang Wan 上脘 (CV 13)

TRANSLATION: Upper Cavity
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Stomach, and Small Intestine channels
LOCATION: On midline of the abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: 90° insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.8-1.5 cun

Ju Que 巨闕 (CV 14)

TRANSLATION: Great Gateway
TYPE: Mu point of the Heart
LOCATION: On midline of abdomen, 6 cun above umbilicus
NEEDLE INSERTION: a) 90° insertion, b) 45° inferior insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: a) 0.5-1.0 cun, b) 1.0-1.5 cun

Jiu Wei 鳩尾 (CV 15)

TRANSLATION: Turtledove Tail
TYPE: Luo-connecting point of the Conception Vessel channel
LOCATION: Below xyphoid process, 7 cun above umbilicus (locate point in supine position, with patient's arms lifted up)
NEEDLE INSERTION: 45° inferior insertion
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Zhong Ting 中庭 (CV 16)

TRANSLATION: Central Courtyard
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On midline of sternum, level with the 5th intercostal space
NEEDLE INSERTION: 5° superior or inferior along midline
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5 cun

Tan Zhong 膻中 (CV 17)

TRANSLATION: Middle of Chest
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine, and Triple Burner channels; Mu point of the Pericardium; Hui-Meeting point of the Qi; Sea of Qi point
LOCATION: On anterior midline at the level with the 4th intercostal space, midway between nipples
NEEDLE INSERTION: a) 5° superior or inferior along midline, b) 5° laterally towards breasts
NEEDLE DEPTH: a) 0.5-1.0 cun, b) 1.0-1.5 cun

Yu Tang 玉堂 (CV 18)

TRANSLATION: Jade Hall
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On the anterior midline, level with the 3rd intercostal space
NEEDLE INSERTION: 5° superior or inferior along midline
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Zi Gong 紫宮 (CV 19)

TRANSLATION: Purple Palace
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On the anterior midline, level with the 2nd intercostal space
NEEDLE INSERTION: 5° superior or inferior along midline
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Hua Gai 華蓋 (CV 20)

TRANSLATION: Magnificent Canopy
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On the anterior midline, at midpt of sternal angle, level with the 1st intercostal space
NEEDLE INSERTION: 5° superior or inferior along midline
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Xuan Ji 璇璣 (CV 21)

TRANSLATION: Jade Pivot
TYPE:  
LOCATION: On anterior midline, in center of manubrium, 1 cun below CV 22
NEEDLE INSERTION: 5° inferior along midline
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.0 cun

Tian Tu 天突 (CV 22)

TRANSLATION: Heavenly Projection
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel and the Yin Linking Vessel channels; Window of the Sky point
LOCATION: In the center of the suprasternal fossa
NEEDLE INSERTION: a) 90° insertion, b) Needle 90&deg first, then inferiorly along sternum
NEEDLE DEPTH: a) 0.2-0.3 cun, b) 0.2-0.3 cun first, then 0.5-1.0 cun

Lian Quan 廉泉 (CV 23)

TRANSLATION: Corner Spring
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel and the Yin Linking Vessel channels
LOCATION: Above Adam's apple, in depression of the upper border of the hyoid bone
NEEDLE INSERTION: 45° insertion towards Du 20
NEEDLE DEPTH: 0.5-1.2 cun

Cheng Jiang 承漿 (CV 24)

TRANSLATION: Fluid Container
TYPE: Meeting point of the Conception Vessel, Governing Vessel, Large Intestine, and Stomach channels; Ghost point
LOCATION: In the depression in the center of the mentolabial groove
NEEDLE INSERTION: a) 20° superior insertion, b) 5° insertion along lower lip to join ST 4
NEEDLE DEPTH: a) 0.2-0.3 cun