Names Of Taixi

KD 3 Acupuncture Point

  • English Name: Great Ravine
  • Pinyin Name: Taixi
  • Chinese Character: 太谿
Meridian Information

Where Is KD 3 ?

KD 3 Location

  • In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the achilles tendon.
  • For point location tips, read our meridian notes; unsure about "cun" measurements, read what is a cun?.

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What Is KD 3 Used For?

KD 3 Clinical Usages

  • Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology.
  • Asthma from KD Deficiency - difficulty inhaling.
  • Tonifies Yin of KD (chronic sore throat, empty heat), LV (dizziness, tinnitus, headache) a/or HT (anxiety, insomnia, excessive dreaming).
  • Tonifies Yang of KD (impotence, premature ejaculation, seminal emission, weak low back/knees, frequent urination).
  • Low back pain, usually of a chronic nature.
  • Local point for heel a/or ankle pain.

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How Is KD 3 Categorized?

What Diagnostic Patterns May Use KD 3 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following TCM Patterns:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Conditions May Use KD 3 ?

This point along with others in a proper point prescription may be used to balance the following Conditions / Symptoms:

For more on this, read "What Does Acupuncture Treat?" and "Point Prescription Guidelines".

What Points Are Near KD 3 ?

UB 60 Kunlun Mountains

  • Main point for pain anywhere along the spine (UB 40 may be used more for pain in the middle of the spine).
  • Main point for chronic low back pain a/or problems of pain a/or numbness in the lower limbs.
  • Main point for headache and other excesses effecting the head.
  • Induce labor or promote discharge of a retained placent.

SP 5 Shang Hill


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  • Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desire to lie down, abdominal distention.
  • Calms the spirit - manic depression, anxiety, excessive thinking.
  • Speech disorders, stiffness at root of tongue.

LV 4 Mound Center

  • Generally, moves stagnation and clears heat - Hepatitis, Jaundice
  • Lin Disorders.
  • Medial Knee/ankle pain.

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