Welcome to our LED Light Therapy and Acupuncture Series
Each month, starting in June 2021 and continuing for the next 14 months, we will be featuring one of the TCM Meridians we use with our lights. Be sure to come back regularly and stay informed.
Part 7: The Kidney Meridian
Following our last installment covering the Small Intestine Meridian, the next pair of meridians in our LED Light Therapy & Acupuncture blog series has us focusing on the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. First up is the Kidney Meridian (KI).
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Yin to the Bladder Meridian’s yang, the Kidney Meridian governs a variety of functions, from the ears, knees and bones to creativity, desire and libido.
Originating in the sole of the foot, the Kidney Meridian travels up the leg to the center of the body, where it continues up the abdomen and chest to terminate at its twenty-seventh acupoint near the collarbone.
Major Kidney Meridian Acupoints
Let’s take a look at four of the Kidney Meridian’s major acupoints: the Ting Point, Source Point, Accumulation Point and Alarm Point.
The Kidney Meridian’s Ting Point, named in English as Gushing Spring, is often referred to as KI 1. Located in the center of the sole of the foot, this acupoint assists with a range of issues in and around the head, including:
- Headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, palpitations
- Sore throat, dry mouth
- Insomnia, anxiety, poor memory, mania
- Hot flashes, night sweats
Close by resides the Kidney’s Source Point, located near the ankle. Referred to as KI 3 and named Great Ravine, this acupoint aids with tonification and a range of pain issues.
- Tonifies yin deficiencies in Kidney qi causing sore throat and heat issues
- Tonifies yang deficiencies in Kidney qi causing impotence, frequent urination and more
- Chronic low back pain
- Heel and ankle pain
Next we have the Kidney Meridian’s Accumulation Point, or KI 5. Located next to KI 3 at the ankle, this acupoint is called Water Spring and can be engaged to nourish yin and blood along the meridian, as well as alleviate menstrual issues, including:
- Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea
- Delayed menstruation
- Uterine prolapse
Lastly we have the Kidney’s Alarm Point, also known as GB 25. As you can see, this designation makes it a Gall Bladder Meridian acupoint, which can be found on the lateral side of the abdomen near the twelfth rib. Called Capital Gate, this acupoint aids with urinary and other issues, including:
- Difficulty urinating, retention, edema
- Uterine stones
- Bloating, abdominal distention, diarrhea
- Local lumbar pain
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Be sure to come back next month when we explore the Bladder Meridian.