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Foot Shaoyin - KI Channel


The Kidney channel originates under the small toe and runs across the sole of the foot to Yongquan (KI 1). It emerges from the lower aspect of the navicular tuberosity, circles behind the medial malleolus, and passes through the heel. It then ascends along the medial side of the leg, passing Sanyinjiao (SP 6), to the medial side of the popliteal fossa and continues to travel up along the posteromedial aspect of the thigh towards the base of the spine at Changqiang (GV 1), where it enters the KI organ and connects with the BL. It then returns to the surface of the abdomen above the pubic bone and runs upward over the abdomen, crossing Zhongji (CV 3) and Guanyuan (CV 4), through the chest. 

The straight branch reemerges from the KI organ. Coming up and passing through the LR and diaphragm, it enters the LU, runs along the throat and terminates at the root of the tongue.

Another branch emerges from the LU, joins the HT, and flows into the chest, where it connects with the PC channel.

Paired Channel: 
  • Frequent urination, impotence
  • Irregular menses, coldness in the feet
  • Stores Essence
  • Dominates human reproduction and development
  • Produces marrow
  • Governs water
  • Controls reception of Qi
  • Dominates bone
  • Manufactures Blood
  • Opens into the ears
  • Manifests in the hair
  • Controls the two lower orifices
  • Houses Will-Power (Zhi)
Special Points

Five Shu Points

Jing Well: 
Ying Spring: 
Shu Stream: 
Jing River: 
He Sea: 

Specific Points

Yuan Source: 
Luo Connecting: 
Xi Cleft Point: 
Front Mu: 
Back Shu: 

Specific Points

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