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Acupuncture Point of the Month - Pericardium (PC) 6, Nei Guan

Because we get so many excellent questions from our clients about why we use particular acupuncture points during treatments, we have decided to add an "Acupuncture Point of the Month" segment to our blog.  This month's acupuncture point is Pericardium 6 (PC6), Nei Guan.  PC6 is located about 2 1/2 finger breadths up from the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm, between the two tendons that stick out if you make your hand into a claw (the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis.) PC6 is a powerhouse point, with many clinical uses.

This point has actions on the stomach, the chest, and the emotions. It is the number one point on the body for treating nausea or vomiting of any kind - seasickness, morning sickness, chemotherapy-induced nausea, or a stomach flu. It is also very good for people who get nauseous when they are anxious or upset.

PC6 "opens the chest" and is therefore good for treating chest congestion, cough, chest tightness, or cardiac problems.  It acts on the emotions by promoting the free flow of qi in the body, promoting relaxation, and calming the heart and mind. In this way, it is often used for insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, or nervousness. 

Preliminary clinical research trials have shown that PC6 can be effective, when used alone or in conjunction with other points, to treat acid reflux, reduce labor pains, improve stress-induced memory loss, and lessen nausea in chemotherapy patients.

It is often used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, as well.

2 Comments to Acupuncture Point of the Month - Pericardium (PC) 6, Nei Guan:

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Lydia on Sunday, April 24, 2011 4:26 PM
Nei Guan, or "the Connecting Net of the Inner Chambers," means to enter into the inner network or to open and connect to the inner chambers. "Nei" means entering into the interior; into, inside, within. "Guan" shows a frontier pass, juncture, or doorway that, when well oiled, it will open and close as needed to sustain the balance of fire in the Heart as well as balance our personal warmth and love of those in relationship with us. The warmth of this fire overflows! Perseverence is strengthed through working with nei guan to transform frustration and irritation into expanding perseverence virtues; such as, finding our way intuitively and seeing the way open like a clear stream that flows through whatever weather arises. [reference Characters of Wisdom, Taoist tales of the acupuncture points, by Debra Kaatz]
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Marcie Griffith, LicAc on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 5:55 PM
Thank you for sharing this wisdom, Lydia!

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