Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tao of Love and Sex: Mingmen Or Door Of Destiny


The mingmen, important to sexuality, is located between the two kidneys. Mingmen means "Vital Gate" or "Door of Destiny." It concentrates energy from the "anterior heaven," in other words, the vital hereditary energy of the kidneys. The mingmen is located in the small of the back, along the Du channel (governing vessel), between the kidneys. It is located exactly below the second lumbar vertebra, behind the navel. Some Taoists refer to it as the posterior dantian, because of its connection with the xia dantian (see above). According to the ancient treatise, the Nan Jing, the mingmen governs the kidneys. Located exactly between the kidneys, it permits communication among the kidneys, navel, heart, lungs, and brain. It is the source of vitality and the controller of the "xiang fire"—the fire of the Vital Gate—and the Elixir Field.

The mingmen is also a sea of jing and blood, just as the spleen and stomach are seas of water and food, respectively. Both serve as the foundation of the five viscera, or zang organs, because it is through them alone that the yin cji and yang qi of the five viscera are generated and develop. Whereas the mingmen is associated with the element fire, the kidneys, which are closely linked to the mingmen, are associated with water.

From the standpoint of their interaction, it is fire that directs water, because water is at the origin of fire. Water and fire are mutually dependent, each sustaining the other. They cannot be separated. The water of the kidneys and the fire of the mingmen are called primordial yin and primordial yang, respectively. Together, they constitute congenital jing qi. When primordial yin and yang are regulated and in balance, they can regulate and balance the yin and yang of the entire body.

The mingmen point is also important in moxibustion, the traditional Chinese medical technique that involves applying heat to the body by burning substances at some distance from the skin. A number of sexual deficiencies, including impotence and nocturnal emissions, can be treated by toning this point.

This point, located at the center of the perineum, between the scrotum and anus in males and between the posterior vulva and anus in females, is the point of origin of the Ren, Du, and Chong channels. In qigong sexual training, it is the point through which abdominal energy travels toward the spinal column. It is located at a key point between the anterior Ren channel and the posterior Du channel. It was once called "the bottom of the ocean." In Taoist energy theory, it is considered the source of reproductive jing and is associated with the genital functions in both males and females. As one ancient text explains, "The point located an inch in front of huiyin is where jing collects in the man; in the woman, this place is the uterus."

Clinical data has demonstrated that stimulating the xia dantian together with the mingmen and huiyin can directly affect the secretions of the adrenal and pituitary glands as well as those of the gonads. This effect is described by Chinese medicine as a stimulation of the yin and yang kidneys. In Chinese medicine, the huiyin functions as a regulator of vital energy in the Ren, Du, and Chong channels; it can be used to treat seminal emissions, male impotence, and irregular menstrual periods. But because of its intimate location, it is hardly ever used.

The ancient Taoists and practitioners of qigong regarded the kidneys, mingmen, abdominal dantian, cfihai point, and huiyin point together as a general energy center, a unit that commands and regulates the vital activity of the human body.

huiyin point

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