KI3 (Kidney 3) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Taixi
English Name: Great Creek

Location: Midway between the medial malleolus and the Achilles tendon.


Shu-Stream of the Kidney channel, Yuan-Source point of the Kidney channel.


Reinforces the Kidneys, reinforces the Kidney Yin, invigorates Yuan Qi and Yang, clears heat, subdues Yin Xu heat, strengthens the low back and knees, rectifies the uterus.

Primary Indications:

Sore throat, haemoptysis, irregular menses.

Secondary Indications:


Tertiary Indications:

Deafness/tinnitus, asthma/cough, diabetes, insomnia, seminal emission, impotence, urinary frequency, pain in low back, paralysis of lower limb, constipation, breast abscess, dark yellow urine, cardiac pain, cold limbs, thirst/sticky mouth, neuraesthenia, uterine diseases, cold shan.

Other Indications:

Nephritis, cystitis, enuresis, alopecia, pain in the sole of foot, dizziness, spasms of diaphgragm, infantile convulsions, chronic malaria, kidney disease, heat disease with copious sweating, severe emaciation; dyspnoea and coughing fits, severe jaundice, vomiting abundant glairy mucus, vomiting, diarrhoea, pain in abdomen and flanks, branching fullness in the chest and lateral costal region, pulmonary empyema, damp itch and sores on the inside of the thigh, pruritis.


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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