Acupuncture Point: Kidney 6 4.9/5 (60)

Kidney 6 (KI 6) is one of the acupuncture points that helps open the Conception Vessel (aka the Ren). The conception vessel helps to circulate energy through the middle section of the body, and especially relates to the reproductive organs. Kidney 6 is well known for treating menopausal conditions such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal dryness; along with menstrual disorders. Kidney 6 also has a strong connection to the heart and throat, which makes it great for heart palpitations, anxiety, difficulty breathing, sore throat, and thyroid conditions.

The location of Kidney 6 is somewhat deep below the inner ankle, thus hard to palpate specifically. Consider using laser for easier stimulation.



The following information is from the Points Acupuncture Reference Software:


Acupuncture Point: Kidney 6 (KI 6, KI6)Acupuncture Point KI 6

Chinese Name: Zha Chai

English Name: Shining Sea

Location: 1 cun inferior to the tip of the medial malleolus, in a depression formed by two ligamentous bundles.

Attributes: Confluent point and master point of the Yin Heel vessel. Command point of the Conception vessel.

TCM Actions: Frees the channels and harmonizes constriction; drains Fire and courses qi; clears the spirit-disposition; disinhibits the throat.

Indications: Irregular menses; prolapse of the uterus; genital itch; hernia; urinary frequency; epilepsy; dry, sore throat; insomnia.KI6-line

Secondary Indications: Vaginal discharge; abdominal pain; nocturnal epilepsy; sorrowfulness; no desire to eat; yellow urine; heat in the lower abdomen; pain and weakness of the limbs; thoracic oppression; phlegm-drool congestion; pharyngeal wind; running piglet; swelling and sagging of one testicle; difficult delivery; postpartum abdominal pain; persistent flow of lochia; female lassitude due to Qi and blood vacuity; heat vexation in the five hearts; cramp in the hands and feet preventing movement; cholera with vomiting and diarrhea; cold-damp foot qi; fever; headache; swelling of the face and limbs; hemiplegia.

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


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Dr. Adrian Larsen

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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