Point of the Week: Middle Palace

Zhong_Fu-LU_1In western convention this point is known as LU 1 because it’s the first point on the “lung” channel.  In Chinese the characters are 中府 which is Romanized as Zhōng Fŭ and pronounced as (Johng Foo), you can hear me butcher the pronunciation in the video as I didn’t use the proper tones.  The point is found on the front of the body on the upper chest, about an inch below the collar bone near the shoulder.  For a clearer view, look at the diagram in the post or look in the video.

Classically, the point disseminates and descends Lung Qi and alleviates cough and wheezing. It transforms phlegm, clears heat, and regulates the water passages.  It also descends Stomach Qi.  Which means it treats cough, phlegm, dyspnea, wheezing, asthma, fullness of the chest, chest pain, labored breathing while lying down, aversion to cold, chills and fever, sweating, throat obstruction, nasal congestion, difficult indigestion, vomiting, Gall Bladder Heat Vomiting, Running Piglet Qi with lumbar pain, goiter, upper back pain, shoulder pain.  Gall Bladder Heat Vomiting is a term used to describe the result of eating too many spicy, greasy, sweet or fatty foods.  Running Piglet Qi is a term used to describe a sensation of something rushing up from the lower abdomen to the throat.

Modern uses of Middle Palace include hip pain, buttock pain, lower back pain, pain in the shoulder or upper back, ankle pain, groin pain,  and the resolves respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, common cold, wheezing, shortness of breath and the like.

For those who would like more esoteric and psychoemotional uses of the point, they follow.

Middle Palace is  used for when a person doesn’t have the connection to one’s essence, no sense of inspiration or higher purpose.  One may feel cut off, introverted, or isolated.  This point brings security and inspiration for people who are cut off from these things and there is no quality or essence in their lives.  One may have an overwhelming sense of grief, and there is no sense of beauty or richness and it helps get through the tears.  Middle Palace goes directly to the source of the grief.   It helps receive the Qi.  Everytime there is a breath one should enjoy the Qi of heaven, this helps restore it.  Middle Palace can also help those who can’t receive joy or praise.

This video explains the point in a slightly different way and is very short.  Click on it and watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YedKvzQhiw4&feature=youtu.be

 

Sources:

A Manual of Acupuncture; Deadman et. al.

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion; Chen Xin Nong

An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture; The Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Lecture notes, Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture

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