KI1 (Kidney 1) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Yongquan
English Name: Gushing Spring

Location: In the depression appearing on the sole when the foot is in planter flexion, approximately at the junction of the anterior and middle third of the sole.


Jing-Well point of the Kidney channel, reducing point of the Kidney channel (Mother/Son).


Opens the sensory orifices (for resuscitation), subdues Yin Xu Fire in the head, calms the Shen.

Primary Indications:

Sore throat, lin syndrome (dysuria), dry tongue, loss of voice (aphonia), diarrhoea.

Secondary Indications:

Infantile convulsions, vertex headache, dizziness/vertigo, blurred vision.

Tertiary Indications:

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.

Other Indications:

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.


This information is from the book Acupuncture Point Dynamics and has been used with permission from the author John McDonald.

View other points on the Kidney channel:

(KI1, KI2, KI3, KI4, KI5, KI6, KI7, KI8, KI9, KI10, KI11, KI12, KI13, KI14, KI15, KI16, KI17, KI18, KI19, KI20, KI21, KI22, KI23, KI24, KI25, KI26, KI27)

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