The KD Meridian - Functions Chart

The KD Meridian

Below you will find clinical usage information for all points along the (KD) Kidney Meridian . You may click on a specific acupuncture point for more detailed information including the location, clinical usages, and related patterns and conditions.

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There Are 27 Points Along The (KD) Kidney Meridian ...

The KD Meridian Functions Chart

KD 1 Gushing Spring


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  • Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV Fire - headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, epilepsy.
  • Cooling KD empty heat - chronic sore throat, dry mouth, low back pain.
  • Tonify KD/HT Yin - insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, poor memory, mania, rage w/desire to kill, hot flashes, night sweats.
  • Loss of consciousness, yang collapse.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to descend the energy in the body particularly after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Useful for headache, nausea, insomnia, etc.

KD 2 Blazing Valley


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  • Generally useful for clearing excesses & acute presentations.
  • Ying Spring Point - clears heat, especially KD empty heat - chronic sore throats, irritability, night sweats, thirst.
  • Lower abdomen/sex organ/genital issues - Irregular menstruation, uterine prolapse, seminal emissions, impotence, genital itching and/or pain, difficult urination.
  • Wasting and Thirsting Disorder - thirst, dry mouth.
  • Local point for foot problems - swelling and/or pain, restless feet.
  • KD related emotional imbalances - fear of being apprehended, fright.
  • Moxa to tonify KD Yang.

KD 3 Great Ravine


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  • 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.

KD 4 Large Goblet


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  • Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the LI (opposite the chinese clock).
  • Important point for somnolence, fright/fear, palpitations, reluctance to interact with others.
  • Cough, asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, painful/sore throat.
  • Chronic low back pain from KD Deficiency.
  • Local point for heel/ankle issues - pain, strain.

KD 5 Water Spring


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  • Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the uterus.
  • KD related menstrual issues, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea (pain/cramps), delayed menstruation, sensations of oppression below the heart (possibly at onset of menstruation).
  • Uterine prolapse.

KD 6 Shining Sea


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  • Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from yin deficiency.
  • Other Yin Deficient throat related issues - swollen, dry, loss of voice, difficult swallowing.
  • A range of menstrual issues such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility from cold in the uterus, leukorrhea.
  • Genital issues (shan disorders) such as swelling, itching, seminal emission and/or involuntary erections in men.
  • Constipation from Yin Deficiency.
  • Plum Pit Qi.
  • Nighttime epilepsy, insomnia, disturbed sleep with nightmares, yin deficient symptoms such as hot hands/feet, night sweats.
  • A range of anxiety disorders, fear/fright.

KD 7 Recover Flow


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  • Tonifies KD Yang, especially with respect to water regulation - sweating (too much or too little, spontaneous), swellings, urinary issues.
  • Oedema, especially chronic effecting the abdomen a/or lower legs.
  • Five types of Lin Disorder - resolve accumulation of damp a/or damp-heat.
  • Diarrhea, abdominal distention, hemorrhoids, constipation.
  • Low back pain from deficiency a/or stagnation.
  • Main treatment point of Kidney Sho pattern (with LU 5 and LU 8) - in Japanese style Five Phase treatment protocol.

KD 8 Intersection Reach


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  • Issues of movement and mobility of the medial aspect of the lower limbs, ankle, heel - sprains, pain

KD 9 Guest House


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  • Strong spirit disorders - anger, cursing, mania.
  • Deficient yang, cold, in the abdomen - shan disorder, hernia, pain a/or retraction of the scrotum.
  • Useful in a detox prescription to assist the cleansing, especially with respect to emotional outbreaks

KD 10 Yin Valley


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  • Clears damp or damp-heat in the lower warmer - urgent/difficult urination, genital pain/itching, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
  • Main treatment point of Liver Sho pattern (with LV 8) - in Japanese style Five Phase treatment protocol.

KD 11 Pubic Bone


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  • KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues

KD 12 Great Manifestation


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  • KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues

KD 13 Qi Hole


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  • KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues

KD 14 Fourfold Fullness


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  • KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues

KD 15 Central Flow


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  • KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues

KD 16 Huang Shu


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KD 17 Shang Bend


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  • Local point for abdominal and colon pain and functional issues.
  • Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain.

KD 18 Stone Pass


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  • Local Point for abdominal and intestinal issues. ¬†
  • Pain, hiccups, vomiting, harmonizes stomach.
  • Fertility issues involving stagnation in the lower warmer.
  • Abdominal pain following childbirth.

KD 19 Yin Metropolis


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  • Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain.
  • Vomiting, reflux, nausea, bloating - harmonizes stomach.
  • Fertility issues, primarily by moving blood stagnation in the lower warmer.

KD 20 Open Valley


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  • Local point for abdominal and digestive issues.
  • Mania, epilepsy, palpitations, mouth/tongue deviation/swelling - largely through resolving phlegm.
  • Chest pain, coughing, wheezing.

KD 21 Dark Gate


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  • Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functional issues.
  • Reflux, vomiting, food stagnation, dystenary¬†- harmonizes stomach.
  • Liver stagnation affecting the breasts - insufficient lactation, breast distention.

KD 22 Corridor Walk


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing

KD 23 Spirit Seal


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing.
  • Vomiting - harmonizes stomach.

KD 24 Spirit Ruins


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing.
  • Breast distention - moves qi stagnation in the chest.
  • Palpitations, abdominal bloating, panic attacks arising from digestive issues.

KD 25 Spirit Storehouse


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing.
  • Vomiting, reflux, digestive issues - harmonize stomach.

KD 26 Lively Center


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  • Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing - useful for phlegm stagnation.
  • Digestive issues, nausea, vomiting - harmonizes stomach.
  • Steaming Bone Disorder.

KD 27 Shu Mansion


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  • Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathing, cough, chest tightness.
  • Tonify KD Deficiency leading to adrenal exhaustion - fatique, lowered immunity.
  • Local point for neck a/or jaw issues - pain, tension

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