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Acu-moxa chart: Renmai (the Director Vessel), Japanese


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Woodblock illustration from a work on 'Chinese' medicine by the 18th century Japanese physician Hara Masakatsu, published in 1807 (4th year of the Bunkwa era). Renmai (the Director Vessel, often translated as Conception Vessel) is one of the Eight Extraordinary Channels (Qi jing ba mai). It originates at the huiyin (Convergence of Yin) point in the perineum and terminates at the chengjiang (Receiving Fluids) point in the lower lip. For a list of point names, see 'Lettering'.

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Huiyin (Convergence of Yin); qugu (Curved Bone); zhongji (Middle Pole); guanyuan (Pass to the Origin); shimen (Stone Portal); qihai (Sea of Qi); yinjiao (Yin Intersection); shuifen (Water Separation); xiawan (Lower Cavity) [here written as xiawan = 'lower wrist']; jianli (Strengthen the Interior); zhongwan (Middle Cavity); shangwan (Upper Cavity); juque (Great Watchtower); jiuwei (Turtledove Tail); zhongting (Central Courtyard); danzhong (Chest Centre); yutang (Jade Hall) [Acu-moxa locations]

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