Chad thankyou for finding the time to reply. Excuse me while i set the field, words pah, so long winded!
In response to your message i take your point but
Q:Which determines which, form or function?
-they're mutually arising and not exclusive, and in TCM terms, at least according to acupuncture, Ming Men clearly has both a precise location lumbar 2-3 and a precise set of actions.
What i was wondering was how in Qi Gong theory does Ming Men operate because its actions are seen in a different perspective, although the TCM model still offers a valid framework. It seems in acupuncure Ming Men is very clearly defined but in Qi Gong it is somewhat nebulous, at least to me!
Now in Qi Gong we regulate our Qi through Physical posture and movement, Breathing and Mental focus. So Ming Men can be stimulated through bodily alignment; tucking in the tailbone etc, and breathing; using diaphragmatic compression respiration and by the mind through visualisation/attentional strategies.
But moreover, Ming Men is seen as a spinal gate connecting to our lower Dan Tian. Ming Men also has an intimate connection with Essence and the Kidneys. And it is in this guise that I am interested! Finally!!
I want to know specifically how it is resposible for the conversion of Essence into Qi in Qi Gong practice, and what sort of a mechanism it is etc.
In Qi Gong theory Ming Men assumes a significant position that is missing in acupuncture theory. As for that matter does YinTang which is an extra point and not even on the GV channel? Also Huiyin...But let's stick to Ming Men for now!
Hope this clarifies my position. Regards