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Started by HB KIM, Dec 17, 2009, 12:27 AM

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ST30 (Qi Chong) = Qi Surging
ST42 (Chong Yang) = Surging Yang
SP12 (Chong Men) = Surging Gate
HT9 (Shao Chong) = Lesser Surge
UB3 (Mei Chong) = Eyebrow Ascension
PC9 (Zhong Chong) = Central Hub
SJ1 (Guan Chong) = Passage Hub
GB9 (Tian Chong) = Celestial Hub
LV3 (Tai Chong) = Great Surge

Among the 361 regular acupuncture points, 9 points include "Chong" in the name.  Chong is written as 衝 in the traditional and classic form of Chinese characters, or 冲 in the modern form.  It is usually translated as "surging", but is sometimes translated "hub" or "ascension" depending on the point.  Clinical characteristics of the points are described below.

1. ST30 (Qi Chong) = Qi Surging
The Chong Meridian originates in the Lower Dan-Tian, emerges at RN1 and flows to ST30.  "Chong" refers to the Chong Mai (Penetrating vessel), which can treat gynecological disorders.  "Chong" also means rushing or surging, and the double meaning is indicative of the ability to treat the feeling of Qi rushing upwards, for example "Running Piglet Syndrome."*

*Running Piglet Syndrome (奔豚, Ben Tun): This terminology is described in the "Ling Shu (Spiritual Axis)", "Nan Jing (Difficulty Classic), and "Jin Gui Yao Lao (Golden Cabinet)".  It is difficult to understand the symptoms just by reading the original text, though it is considered to be closely related to a panic attack in western medicine.  LV Qi stagnation rises up and interferes with the HT, causing anxiety, palpitations, and dizziness.  There are many formulas to address this condition, i.e. Bun Tun Wan, Bun Tun Tang, Gui Zhi Jia Gui Tang, Fu Ling Gui Zhi Gan Cao Da Zao Tang, etc.

2. ST42 (Chong Yang) = Surging Yang
Sometimes pulsation of the dorsalis pedis artery is visible at ST42, especially during pregnancy.  If a male exhibits a pulse at ST42 it is indicative of weakness in the Stomach & Intestines.

3. SP12 (Chong Men) = Surging Gate
SP12 (Chong Men) & ST30 (Qi Chong) can both be used for "Running Piglet Syndrome," as the word "Chong" implies surging energy from the lower region of the body to the upper region.  These points also relax tense abdominal muscles since they are located at the lower aspect of the Rectus Abdominus and External Oblique abdominal muscles.

4. HT9 (Shao Chong) = Lesser Surge
Clinically, HT9 is like the Romeo and Juliet point.  It can treat disorders that result from unrequited love, a broken heart and love sickness; for example insomnia, indigestion & other emotional imbalances.

5. UB3 (Mei Chong) = Eyebrow Ascension
In the classic texts, the UB channel was comprised of only 63 points.  The four points that were added later are: UB3, UB16, UB24 & UB26.

6. PC9 (Zhong Chong) = Central Hub
According to Korean Hand Acupuncture, PC9 corresponds to DU20, since the distal phalanx of the middle finger represents the head.  According to this micro system, PC9 can stimulate the brain.  PC9 is the wood point of the fire channel, so it has a tonifying action.  The HT & PC encompass brain functions, so PC9 can be used to increase intellectual acuity.

7. SJ1 (Guan Chong) = Passage Hub
In the Korean-style "Great Gate Opening" treatment, PC9 (Central Hub) and SJ1 (Passage Hub) are added to the "24 Gate Opening treatment."*  The PC and SJ are organs that only exist by function in Oriental Medicine.  They correspond to the CNS and intellectual rhythm and are related to knowledge, ego and pride.

*24 Gate opening: This treatment exhibits the unique function of synchronizing the body in time and space, and aligning the body with the environment/universe.  refer to pg. 360 of  the Minibook of Oriental Medicine by HB Kim

8. GB9 (Tian Chong) = Celestial Hub
"Chong" implies that GB9 can be used for headaches that feel like energy is throbbing from bottom of the head to the top.

9. LV3 (Tai Chong) = Great Surge
Considered a stimulant of all the Yin channels, LV3 is often paired with LI4, which is considered an engine for all the Yang channels.  LV3 is the Yuan-source point of the Liver channel & its actions are similar to "Bai Shao (Paeoniae Radix Alba)."  The difference is that LV3 sedates LV Yang more than it tonifies LV Blood, while Bai Shao tonifies LV Blood more than it softens the LV & calms LV Yang.