Easing the heart


Ren 17 (Conception Vessel 17) is a great point for relieving emotional stress weighing on the heart.

Named Shan Zhong, “Chest Center,” I add this point into my sessions for people who are in the midst of crisis, loss, and/or stressful times. The point is located in the center of chest, on the sternum (breast bone).

Ren 17 is at our heart center.

When we hold our emotions in, sometimes they get bunched up in this area. By applying gentle pressure to Ren 17 we encourage the unraveling of the energy associated with these emotions. You know things are loosening up when the breath deepens and the chest settles.

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Himani Dave on May 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Wonderful article 😊

    • Cindy Black on May 22, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Deepa on October 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Yes it does.have tried this many times. Thanks a bunch for sharing 🙂

  3. Tracey on November 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I am learning Acutonics, and love adding this point into treatments, both for my client and myself.

  4. Sylvie Atwood on November 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Cindy! I just gently massaged that point and quickly broke into tears. Such a great release.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on November 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Wonderful, enjoy!

  5. alicia on January 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Cindy., When I was in school 20 years ago, you had a teacher from Hawaii I think and I had a session with him and he worked on this point and reduced me to tears but afterword I felt so revitalized. He also did some silent yoga. After that day I used that point alot and I still work it often on myself.This is a wonderful gift to all therapist .Thanks again

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on November 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for sharing your story, you are inspiring!

  6. Lorraine on January 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I’ll be looking at meridian therapy in a different light…thanks Cindy!!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on November 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

      You are welcome!

  7. Rajeswari on November 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for explaining the Importance of Ren 17 point

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac. on November 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Rajeswari – you are welcome.

  8. Linda Rienzie on October 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Glad you are intuitive, chapters are closing for all with these eclipses. So these points of pressure are a great way to release the old and welcome the new…very warming. Thank you Cindy 🙂

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac. on October 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Linda – thanks for adding in the wider perspective, I hadn’t thought of that!

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