CV 17

Acupuncture Point Theory

CV 17 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "CV 17" , 膻中, is represented by "Dan Zhong" in pinyin and "Chest Center" in english and may be found:

Level with the 4th ICS, midway between the nipples.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Main point for tonification of the upper warmer.
  • Hui Meeting Point of the Qi - tonify and move the Qi of the body.
  • Chronic lung issues - cough, asthma, SOB, diaphragmatic pain.
  • Breast issues - insufficient lactation, mastitis.
  • Chest/Throat issues (rattling in throat w/asthma, difficulty swallowing, palpitations), counterflow Qi problems - guides the Qi downwards.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Important point for overall Qi (energy) in the body, useful for asthma.  


Cv 17 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore cv 17 functional groupings theory - Four Seas, MuShu and/or Hui Meeting, or read all point categories and related theory.

While not necessarily valid clinically, KD 23 (Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest te…), SP 18 (Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of brea…) and ST 17 (Never needled or treated, simply a body landmark …) are nearby.

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