The Ren Mai

THE REN MAI is known as the Sea of Yin (see chapter IX: The Extraordinary Channels). It can be used to nourish the body’s yin energy, particularly for problems relating to conception, fertility, pregnancy, menopause. The Ren Mai is closely related to the uterus and to the female genital tract. Pelvic congestion causes chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, ovarian cysts but also migraine, pain in joints (shoulder, wrist, knee, neck, lower back).

Specific controls

  • crosswise interrogation of the thumb’s first phalanx at the osseous level (picture1). The upper burner, middle burner and lower burner are located from its head to its base (picture 2).
  • dermis crosswise interrogation of the pubic bone with the fingers (picture 3).

To differentiate resonance and circulation blockages :

resonance blockage

  • surface (epidermis) crosswise interrogation of the inguinal fold with the palm of hand (picture 4).
  • surface crosswise interrogation of the upper front thigh (picture 5). This area is the center for Ren Mai and Chong Mai.
The resonance blockages are located at the lower burner region (from RM 1 to RM 8)

circulation blockage

  • surface crosswise interrogation of the lower extremity of the sternum, with the palm of hand (picture 6).

The circulation blockages can be located on any part of the Ren Mai (frequent at the solar plexus level). Note that the therapist knows in advance its approximative location by interrogating the thumb’s first phalanx.


Resonance blockage

The therapist puts one hand on the center, the other one searches the point, from RM 1 to RM 8, connected to the center (picture7) (see principle of correction in previous post dated November 8th).

Circulation blockage

The therapist strokes the Ren Mai with his/her fingertips until he/she feels an « obstacle  » under the hand (picture 8) (see “the circulation blockages in the 12 channels”).

Many Front-Mu points (storage points of acquired Jing Qi) are located on the Ren Mai. They are studied separately in chapter VII (the Back-Shu points and the Front-Mu points). Ren Mai master point and cephalic control point are studied in chapter IX.