Kidney 3 (KI 3) is the source point of the Kidney channel. In Chinese medicine the kidney is not only related to the kidney organ but it also encompasses your “life source energy”. That’s the energy you were were born with that declines as you age.
So, Kidney 3 goes right to the source to treat all things related to aging such as night sweats, hot flashes, arthritis, dental problems, dementia, premature ejaculation, infertility, difficulty with urination (dribbling or incontinence), lower back pain, knee problems, and hair loss. (Great article on Acupuncture and Hair Loss at this link.)
This is a point you should always remember when you are giving a foot rub. Kidney 3 can help so many conditions, plus it just feels good. We could all use a little bit of extra love to help strengthen our life force energy, right?
The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:
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.
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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