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Kidney Meridian (Foot Shao Yin) Points

KI-1 (Yong Quan)


Chinese Name:

Yongquan 涌泉

English translation:

Gushing Spring


On the sole, in the depression when the foot is in plantar flexion, approximately at the anterior third and the posterior two thirds of the line from the web between the 2nd and 3rd toes to the back of the heel.


Jing-Well point of the Kidney Meridian


  • Sore throat, lin syndrome (dysuria), dry tongue, loss of voice (aphonia), diarrhoea.
  • Infantile convulsions, vertex headache, dizziness/vertigo, blurred vision.
  • Loss of consciousness, difficulty in passing stools (dyschesia), soles of feet hot, epilepsy, palpitations, cardiac inflammation, mental disorders, epistaxis, pain in the tips of the toes, female infertility, hypertension, paralysis of the lower limbs (wei syndrome), memory loss, abdominal pain, foot swelling, poor appetite, cough, hernia, oedema, cholera with calm spasms.
  • Cerebral haemmorrhage, insomnia, susceptibility to fear, irascibility, jaundice, borborygmus, diarrhoea or constipation with renal pains, chills, dyspnoea with great thirst, fullness of chest and ribs, inpotence, backache, lumbar pain, cold stretching from the sole of the foot to the knee, womens disorders, wind papules.


Descends excess above, resuscitates, clears heat, calms the Shen, tonifies Yin, clears Empty-Heat.


KID 1 is an excellent point to subdue excess Liver Yang, Wind and/or Fire. Jing-Well points are where the qi bubbles up. Jing-Well points are indicated to revive consciousness. Jing-Well points are known to treat fullness below the Heart and clear Heat.


Perpendicular insertion .5 - 1.0 cun.

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