Point Name: 人迎 (rén yíng) “Man’s Welcome [Heaven’s Five Meetings]”
Peak Time: 7AM to 9AM
Location Level with the tip of the Adam’s apple, just on the course of the common carotid artery, on the anterior border of the muscle sternocleidomastoideus. 1.5 cun lateral of the prominentia larygea, on the anterior border of muscle sternocleidomastoideus, at the pulsation of artery carotis communis (avoid puncturing the blood vessel).
Local Anatomy: Level with the tip of the Adam’s apple, just on the course of the common carotid artery, on the anterior, border of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle In the platysma muscle. 1.5cun lateral to the laryngeal prominence at the meeting of the anterior margin of sternocieldomastoid and the thyroid cartilage.
Vasculature: The superior thyroid artery on the bifurcation of the internal and the external carotid artery.
Innervation: Superficially, the cutaneous cervical nerve, the cervical branch of the facial nerve; deeper, the Sympathetic trunk; laterally, the descending branch of the, hypoglossal nerve and the vagus nerve.
Martial Arts Usage
36 Vital Point
108 Vital Point
Attack Nervous System
Sealing the Blood
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Classes
Four Seas Point of the Sea of Qi
Meeting of the Stomach with the Spleen Divergent Meridian
Meeting of the Stomach with the Stomach Divergent Meridian
Side Effect Point of the ST
Window of the Sky Point
Attack Method: Perpendicularly 0.3 – 0.5 inch. Don’t puncture the common carotid artery Angle is 90°.
Description This point lies along the vagus sinus, artery and nerve. It can cause anything from extreme pain to death. It will easily affect a knock out.
The carotid sinus is known to be baroreceptor. It detects changes in blood pressure. When a change is detected, a signal is sent via the vagus nerve to the vasomotor center (Located in the medulla oblongata. It regulates blood pressure via the autonomic nervous system.) in the brain. As a result, vasodilation (a widening of a blood vessel) results and the heart rate occurs, causing the blood pressure to lower. This phenomenon is known as carotid sinus reflex.