( Ren-14 Great Gateway JUQUE - Acupuncture Points ) On the anterior midline, 2 cun inferior to the sternocostal angle or 6 cun superior to the umbilicus.
How to find
The distance between the sternocostal angle (➞ 3.5) and the centre of the umbilicus is divided into 8 cun (note: these are proportional cun ➞ 2.2). Ren-14 is located on the midline, 2 cun inferior to the sternocostal angle or 6 cun superior to the umbilicus.
Or: Use spreading hands technique (➞ Chapter 2): Place the little fingers on the sternocostal angle and the umbilicus respectively and determine the midpoint of this distance (➞ Ren-12). Then locate Ren-14 on the midpoint of the distance between ➞ Ren-12 and the sternocostal angle.
Located on the same level are ➞ KID-21 (0.5 cun lateral to the midline), ➞ ST-19 (2 cun lateral to the midline) and ➞ LIV-14 (approximately on this level, in the 6th intercostal space, on the mamillary line).
0.3–0.8 cun vertically or often obliquely in an inferior direction or up to 1.5 cun transversely (subcutaneously). Depending on individual anatomy, this point can be located on the xiphoid process.
Caution: Peritoneum, injury to hypertrophied organs (left: heart, right: liver) depending on the thickness of the abdominal wall.
● Regulates the Heart, disperses stagnant Phlegm, alleviates pain, unbinds the thorax, descends the Qi
● Harmonises the Stomach, descends Stomach Qi
● Transforms Phlegm, calms the shen
Front-mu point of the Heart. Major local point for thoracic pain caused by Blood stasis or Phlegm blockages.
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