Ren, Conception Vessel

Ren, Conception Vessel

The Ren – Conception Vessel is one of eight Extraordinary Vessels

Ren-Conception Vessel diagram

Ren-Conception Vessel

These Vessels are pathways for Qi, similar to the twelve meridians.

The eight Extraordinary Vessels are different than the twelve meridians in that they “run deeper,” acting as reservoirs of Qi. Only two of the eight Extraordinary Vessels have acupoints.

The Ren (Conception Vessel) is located on the center line of the front of the body. It begins in the uterus, emerges onto the pelvic floor and then comes up across the abdomen, chest, throat and ends on the chin, just beneath the lower lip.

There are 24 acupoints on the Ren Conception Vessel.

Ren 4 and Ren 6

Ren-4-6 diagram

These two Ren points are nourishing and vitalizing for the uterus.
I use both of them to support the circulation of Qi in the uterus and the surrounding area. By maintaining the circulation of Qi, we support the vibrancy of the uterus. These points are also used to soothe symptoms such as menstrual cramps or bloating.

In practice, I explore both points. Sometimes I am drawn to spend more time massaging one point than the other, and sometimes not.  I also ask my client to give me her experience of my contact to the points. Together, we explore how much pressure to use, how long to massage the point(s), and whether to be still or add movement.

How to locate Ren 6

1.5 cun measured with first two fingersRen 6 is 1.5 cun (inches) directly below the naval.
This distance is equivalent to the width of your client’s first and second finger combined. Have your client hold her first two fingers together. Next have her place her first finger at the lower edge of her naval. Ren 6 will be below the naval, at the edge of here 3rd finger.

How to locate Ren 4

Ren 4 is 3 cun (inches) directly below the naval.

3-cun-equals 4 fingers pictureThis distance is equivalent to the width of your client’s four fingers. Have your client hold her  fingers together. Next, have her place her first finger at the lower edge of her naval. Ren 4 will be below the naval, at the edge of here 5th finger.




To go deeper, check out the 3 part Mini-series: The 8 Extraordinary Vessels –

8 Extraordinary Vessels

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Bianca D

    Reply Reply January 28, 2016

    Would there be any effect, any point, in treating these points in someone who has had a hysterectomy?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 29, 2016


      Great question. I think that massaging the lower abdomen and working with the points helps to keep the Qi flowing. Surgeries often lead to stagnation in the area, so massage and activating points counteracts that tendency.

      Also, even though organs are removed, the energetics of it remain.

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