THE CONCEPTION VESSEL, GOVERNING VESSEL OR CENTRAL CHANNEL
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
A number of healing arts are based on the premise that there exist in our bodies channels along which flow subtle energy that is hard to detect, but very important for our health. Among these sciences are acupuncture, reflexology or zone therapy, jin shin jyutsu, tÕai chi, shiatsu, chi kung, acupressure, and perhaps others. This article concerns what many believe is the most important energy channel.
THE GOVERNING VESSEL
This is the name used in acupuncture and acupressure for one of the most important energy channels. Part of it runs parallel to the conception vessel, another major channel.
It is similar to the central channel in jin shin jyutsu and in some reflexology books. In some yoga books, it is also called the microcosmic orbit. Below is a drawing of it.
It runs down the front of the body from the head to the genital area, exactly along the midline of the body and slightly inside the body. Then it turns and goes back toward the anal area. Then it turns upward and goes up the back along the spine, again somewhat inside the body. It goes up through the neck and to the head. At the top of the head it turns again and goes forward to the forehead and then starts downward again. Here is a drawing of the governing vessel downloaded from the internet: