Conception Vessel

Danzhong CV17: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications, Method, Precautions



Dan: Exposure Zhong: middle
The exposed middle part of the chest was called Tanzhong in ancient times. This point lies there.

English name/ meaning: Chest Centre
Chinese name: Danzhong
Chinese pinyin: 膻中
Korean name: Chonjung
Japanese name: Danchu
Vietnamese name: Dan trung
French Name: Trann-tchong

Functions of Danzhong:

  • Regulates Qi and suppresses rebellious Qi (Tonifying action on heart and lung, Strong influence n lung).
  • Expand chest and relaxes diaphragm (stops coughing, helps with expectoration of phlegm, chest congestion).
  • Promotes lactation and opens breast (breast problems).


Danzhong is on the anterior midline, level with the 4th intercostal space, or at the midpoint between the nipples.


  • Danzhong is the main point for oppression in the chest, short of breath, chest pain, heart palpitation, often used with Neiguan.
  • Also, the main point for diseases of the breast; the beginning of the mammitis, lactation deficiency.
  • Respiratory problems caused due to rebellious Qi of Lung: Cough, asthma.
  • Upper jiao problems: Vomiting, cardiac spasm.


  • Transverse insertion directed superiorly or inferiorly along the channel 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Transverse insertion directed laterally towards the breasts,1 to 1.5 cun, for breast disorders.


  • Front-Mu Point of the Pericardium.
  • Point of sea of Qi.
  • One of the Eight Influential Points (Qi Convergence).
  • The crossing point of conception vessel with Spleen, Kidney, Small Intestine and Triple Energizer meridian.


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.