The Daily Point: “Inner Gate”

by in Acupuncture February 15, 2012

Inner Gate Pericardium 6
Element: Fire

As a point on the fire meridian, Inner Gate is connected to the Heart, and has to do with joy, nurturing healthy relationships, being connected to one’s heart and to the hearts of others, and staying calm and connected to one’s true self.

In the Five Element tradition this point is used to enliven one’s spirit when they have become weary.  It reconnects a person to their source of joy and allows them to feel safe and connected rather than isolated.   “The name Inner Gate describes the point’s ability to reach the inner aspects of a person…especially when a person becomes oppressed by sadness or lack of joy.  Opening this gate can ease a constricted chest and strengthen the qi of the upper burner [chest region] if it has become depleted.  This allows patients to brighten and settle in the their mind and spirit” (Hicks).

Other common physical uses:
Alleviates nausea and morning sickness.
Useful in treatment of insomnia, palpitations, and a wide range of emotional disorders.

Notes: The Pericardium channel descends through the diaphragm, which is why it is able to treat imbalances of the Stomach and Spleen such as nausea, vomiting, hiccup, bloating, and stomach pain.  It is often used to treat those symptoms when they are experienced during pregnancy, as well as from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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About MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
MaryFatimah has practiced acupuncture for over 10 years, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, and nationally board-certified by the NCCAOM. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health.