Acupuncture Point: Kidney 3 (KI 3) 4.88/5 (91)

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Kidney 3 Description and Info

Acupuncture Point KI 3

Acupuncture Point: Kidney 3 (KI 3, KI3)

Chinese Name: Taixi

English Name: Supreme Stream

Location: In the depression between the medial malleolus and the Achilles tendon, level with the tip of the medial malleolus.

Attributes: Shu-Stream, Yuan-source, and Earth point of the Kidney channel.

TCM Actions: Enriches kidney yin; abates vacuity heat; invigorates original yang; and rectifies the womb.


Indications: Sore throat; toothache; deafness; coughing of blood; asthma; irregular menses; insomnia; seminal emission; impotence; urinary frequency ; lumbar pain.

Secondary Indications: Throat bi and swelling of the pharynx; toothache; kidney vacuity impotence and seminal emission; cold shan; difficult evacuation; mammary yong; cardiac pain; inversion cold in the extremities; damp itch and sores on the inside of the thigh; branching fullness in the chest and lateral costal region; kidney disease; heat disease with copious sweating; gluey sensation in the mouth; repletion dyspnea with fullness and phlegm tinnitus.

Needle Information: Perpendicular insertion .3 – .5 cun. Moxibustion is applicable.


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Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

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