Shuiquan KI5: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Shui: water Quan: spring
Shuiquan means water source. The kidney dominates water clearance. This point is a Xi-cleft point of the kidney meridian and indicated in treating dribbling of urine.
Point: KI5
Chinese Name: 水泉
English Name/Meaning: Water Spring
Pinyin: shuǐ quán
Han Geul 한글: su cheon 수천
Romaji: sui sen
Vietnamese: Thủy tuyền


1 cun inferior to KI 3 in a depression anterior and superior to the calcaneal tuberosity (the site of insertion of the Achilles tendon into the calcaneum).


Shuiquan regulates conception and governor vessel and benefits menstruation and urination.

Indications of shuiquan:

  • Various menstrual disorders such as amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and delayed menstruation, characterized either by the deficiency of blood or stasis of blood.
  • Urinary disorder: Dysuria.
  • Eye problems: poor vision.


Oblique perpendicular insertion directed away from the bone, 0.3 to 0.5 cun.


Xi-cleft point.

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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