Kidney Channel of Foot- An Introduction

kidney channel of foot
kidney channel of foot

Kidney Channel of Foot – Shaoyin 足少阴肾经

Kidney Channel of Foot Originates from the inferior aspect of the little toe, and proceeds diagonally to the center of the sole of the foot emerging from the Lower border of the navicular tuberosity. It runs posterior to the inner malleolus and enters the heel. It then ascends along the medial aspect of the lower leg and emerges from the medial aspect of the popliteal fossa. From the popliteal fossa, it proceeds upwards along the medial and posterior aspect of the thigh and goes towards the vertebral column. It then pertains to the kidney and connects with the bladder. The branch with points emerges from the lower abdomen and travels along the upper abdomen, chest and terminates at the lower border of the clavicle. A straight branch from the kidney ascends through the liver and diaphragm, enters the lung, and then travels upward along the throat to reach the root of the tongue. Another branch emerges from the lung to connect with the heart, and disperses into the chest to link with the Pericardium Channel of Hand-Jueyin.

Indication: Gynecological, Genital, Kidney, Lung and throat diseases and conditions along the pathway of channel.

 

Acupuncture points with Location

No.     Name            Location
 

KI 1

 

Yong Quan

涌泉

On the sole, in the depression when the foot is in plantar flexion, and in the anterior depression when the foot is flexed, approximately at the junction of the anterior 1/3 and posterior 2/3 of the sole.(excluding toe).
 

KI 2

 

Ran Gu 然谷

On the medial border of the foot, inferior to the tuberosity of the navicular bone, at the junction of the red and white skin.

 

 

 

KI 3

 

 

Tai Xi 太溪

On the medial side of the foot, posterior to the medial malleolus, in the depression between the tip of the medial malleolus and calcaneal tendon.
 

KI 4

 

Da Zhong

大钟

On the medial side of the foot, posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus, in the depression anterior to the medial side of attachment of calcaneal tendon.

 

 

KI 5

 

Shui Quan

水泉

On the medial side of the foot, posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus, 1 cun below Taixi(KI3), in the depression of the medial side of the tuberosity of the calcaneus.
 

KI 6

 

Zhao Hai

照海

On the medial side of the foot, in the depression below the tip of the medial malleolus
 

KI 7

 

Fu Liu 复溜

On the medial aspect of the lower leg, 2 cun directly above Taixi(KI3), anterior to the Achilles tendon.
 

KI 8

 

Jiao Xin 交信

On the medial aspect of the lower leg, 2 cun directly above Taixi(KI3), 0.5 cun anterior to Fuliu(KI7), posterior to the medial border of tibia.
 

KI 9

 

Zhu Bin 筑宾

On the medial aspect of lower leg, 5 cun above Taixi(KI3), on the line connecting Taixi and Yingu at the medial and inferior end of the belly of gastrocnemius.
 

KI 10

 

Yin Gu 阴谷

With the knee flexed, on the medial side of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of m.semitendinosus and m. semimeMbranosus.
 

KI 11

 

Heng Gu 横骨

On the lower abdomen, 5 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline.
KI 12Da He 大赫On the lower abdomen, 4 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline.
 

KI 13

 

Qi Xue 气穴

On the lower abdomen, 3 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline.
 

KI 14

 

Si Man 四满

On the lower abdomen, 2 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline.
KI 15Zhong Zhu

中注

On the lower abdomen, 1 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5cun lateral to the anterior midline.
KI 16Huang Shu

肓俞

In the centre of abdomen, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
KI 17Shang Qu

商曲

On the upper abdomen, 2 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
KI 18Shi Guan

石关

On the upper abdomen, 3 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 19

 

Yin Du 阴都

On the upper abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
KI 20Fu Tong Gu 腹通谷On the upper abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
KI 21You Men 幽门On the upper abdomen, 6 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 22

 

Bu Lang 步廊

On the chest in the 5th intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 23

 

Shen Feng

神封

On the chest in the 4th intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 24

 

Ling Xu 灵墟

On the chest in the 3rd intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 25

 

Shen Cang

神藏

On the chest in the 2nd intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 26

 

Yu Zhong

彧中

On the chest in the 1st intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline
 

KI 27

 

Shu Fu 俞府

On the chest in the 3rd intercostals space, 2cun lateral to the anterior midline

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.