The Ming-men refers to an energy center located in the lower torso that is so power-full that it is associated with three acupuncture points (Governing Vessel 4 (Gv4), Conception Vessel 4 (Cv4) and Conception Vessel 5 (Cv5). The Chinese admiration for the Ming-men is captured in the disagreement on how to describe it. It has been called the Gate of Power, Proclamation Gate, Gate of Destiny, and Gate of Life. No matter how you define it, the healing ability and energy properties of the Mingmen abound.
Many are familiar with the idea that martial and healing energy originate in the center of the body. We may also have heard the words Dan Tien or Hara to describe this region. This central area, the Sea of Chi, is often referred to as the Dan Tien when actually it describes the Dan Tien and Ming Men collectively. As mentioned in the post on the three dan-tiens, there is more than one energy center and when referred to in general terms, the word “dantien” is used to describe the whole central region. However, independently the dantien and mingmen have different purposes and therefore different powers. Simply put, knowing about both regions allows us to benefit from and increase the power of both.
It located in the lower abdomen approximately two inches below the navel, and between the skin and the ventral surface of the spine.
Both the Ming Men and the Dan Tien come into existence at birth. They are both near the navel. The region can be accessed collectively to build energy or collect energy from other areas of the body.
|Dan Tien||Ming Men|
|Located two inches below the navel in the center of the body.||Located two inches below the navel along the inside of the spine.|
|Represents post-natal energy||Represents pre-natal energy|
|Can act as a storage container to build up energy and send on to other meridian points||Can act as a gate to allow energy in or out, and to blend opposing energies that are being produced by the kidneys|
The central “Sea of Chi” as it's comprised of two integral parts, the dan-tien and ming-men, this allows us to more accurately focus on each area independently if we want to intentionally act (dan-tien) or build energy to heal, balance, ground ourselves, or develop chi (min-men).
Located at the Upper Dantian, also known as "Yin Tang" or "Mei Jian".