on the midline of the abdomen, 4 cun
above the umbilicus or midway between the umbilicus
and the sternocostal angle.
perpendicular insertion 0.8 to 1.5 inch.
Caution; avoid too deep insertion in
very thin patients
Moxa is OK
Harmonizes the middle jiao and descends
Tonifies the Stomach and fortifies the Spleen
Regulates Qi and alleviates pain.
stomach ache, abdominal distention,
boborygmus, nausea, vomiting, acid regurgitation,
diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice, indigestion, insomnia.
Zhongwan is the Front Mu
point of the Stomach. A Front Mu point is
where the Qi of a particular organ gathers
and collects. Mu points then, have a particular
effect on their specific organs. As well, Zhongwan
is the Hui-Meeting point of the Fu organs. In the
TCM there are the Yin organs or Zang, the Lungs, Heart,
Spleen, Liver and Kidneys and there are the Yang or
Fu organs, the so-called 'empty sacs'; the stomach,
the Large Intestine, the Small Intestine, the Urinary
Bladder, the Gallbladder, and the San Jiao which is
not an organ per se, but a process uniquely theorized
by TCM that governs water passage in the body.
Together the complete organ system of
the body is referred to as the Zang Fu.
* See also Zhangmen
(liv13) , which is the Hui-Meeting
point of the Zang organs.
The three Jiao, are the Upper,
comprised of the Heart/Lungs, the Middle, comprised
of the Stomach/Spleen, and the Lower, comprised of
the Intestines and Bladder.
Zhongwan is the point of choice
to treat all stomach difficulties and to regulate
the Stomach and Spleen regardless whether the condition
is excess or deficiency, which action in turn strongly
promotes harmony among all the Zang organs.