Commentary for Shanzhong REN-17
Shanzhong REN-17 is a major point for Qi Deficiency. In fact, it is not only the Gather-Hui point for Qi, but also a Sea of Qi point.
It is effective in tonifying the Zong Qi in the chest, mainly the Heart and Lung Qi. Therefore, it can treat weak voice, tiredness, propensity to catching colds and spontaneous sweating.
Together with Zusanli ST-36, Zhongwan REN-12 and Qihai REN-6, it is able to strengthen the Spleen and Kidney Qi.
Apart from Qi tonifying, it can also be stimulated to open the chest and regulate Qi there to ease pain and fullness, feeling of constriction, tightness and oppression in the chest.
It also helps to ease short of breath due to various patterns, such as Rebellious Lung Qi, Lung Qi Deficiency, Heart Qi Deficiency or Phlegm in the chest.
Finally, Shanzhong REN-17 benefits the breasts and increases postpartum breast milk supply. The insufficient supply can be due to Qi and Blood Deficiency or Qi Stagnation.