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Acupuncture Points - Ren 4

Chinese Name: Guanyuan (English translation: Gate of Origin)

Location:  On the anterior median line of the lower abdomen, 3 cun below the umbilicus.

Classification: Front-Mu point of the Small Intestine
Crossing point of the Ren Vessel and the Three Yin Meridians of the Foot - (Spleen, Liver and Kidney)


  • Impotence, spermatorrhea, enuresis, frequent micturition, retention of urine
  • Irregular menstruation, metrorrhagia, morbid leukorrhea, dysmenorrhea, prolapse of the uterus, infertility, postpartum hemorrhage
  • Flaccidity of apoplexy, emaciation due to consumptive disease
  • Diarrhea, prolapse of rectum, dyspepsia

Functions: Strengthens, nourishes the Kidneys (Qi, Yin and Yang), nourishes Essence, benefits Original Qi, calms the Shen, benefits menstruation and the uterus. 

Notes: Ren 4 has the function to tonify, as well as maintain health. Front-Mu points can be used to treat diseases of the affected Zang-Fu organ, and those of Yang meridians and collaterals. They treat diseases of Six Fu-organs and diseases of yang meridians. An adverse reaction when a Front-Mu point is pressed can help make a diagnosis. For more complete information on Back-Shu and Front-Mu points, click here.

Needling: Perpendicular insertion 1.0 - 2.0 cun. 



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