Jiu: turtledove Wei:tail
Jiuwei CV15 lies below the xiphoid process of the sternum which looks like a turtledove’s tail. The name arises from the anatomy of the chest, the sternum being said to resemble the back of a turtledove, the ribs its feathers and the xiphoid process its tail.
Pinyin: jiū wěi
English Name/Meaning: Bird Tail
Han Geul 한글: gu mi 구미
Romaji: kyū bi?
On the anterior midline, 1 cun inferior to the sternocostal angle or 7 cun superior to the umbilicus.
Functions of CV15:
- Transforms Phlegm in the Heart so can be used when there is hysteria, mania, and intolerance of noise.
- Expands and relaxes the chest.
- Calms the spirit.
Indications of CV15 Jiuwei:
- Anxiety, worry, fears, obsessions arising from yin deficiency.
- Feelings of oppression in the chest.
- Emotional vulnerability.
- Abdominal itching from emptiness of the Connecting channel of Ren mai.
- Pain in the abdomen from fullness of the Connecting vessel.
Oblique insertion directed inferiorly 0.5 to 1 cun.
- Luo connecting point of conception vessel. The luo-connecting channel of Ren mai leaves the Ren channel at the inferior border of the sternum at REN 15 and spreads over the abdomen.
- Important point for calming.
- Deep insertion, especially in thin subjects, may damage the left lobe of the liver or the heart if either is enlarged,
- Oblique superior insertion towards the heart is contraindicated in all cases.