KI6 (Kidney 6) - Acupuncture Point Information

Chinese Name: Zhaohai
English Name: Shining Sea

Location: One cun below the medial malleolus (highest point) or one cun below the lower border of the medial malleolus. The latter location is a recently revised location used in Nanjing due to reports of arterial damage resulting from traditional location.


Confluent-Point of Yinqiaomai.


Clears heat, calms the shen, benefits the throat (usually coupled with Lique LU7), tonifies Kidney Yin, promotes the function of the uterus.

Primary Indications:

Dry sore throat, irregular menses, uterine prolapse.

Tertiary Indications:

Vaginal discharge, pruritis vulvae, urinary frequency, urinary retention, constipation, difficult labour, foot swelling/limb swelling, epilepsy, psychosis, neuraesthenia, insomnia/hypersomnia, hernia, oedema, hemiplegia.

Other Indications:

Excessive erection, intestinal tuberculosis, eye pain, visual problems, unilateral lower abdominal pain in women, retention of placenta, chronic malaria, fever, asthma, thoracic oppression, no desire to eat, nocturnal enuresis, yellow urine, heat in the lower abdomen, pain and weakness of the limbs, running piglet, postpartum abdominal pain, persistent flow of lochia, female lassitude due to Qi and blood vacuity, heat vexation in the five hearts, cramp in the hands and feet preventing movement, cholera with vomiting and diarrhoea, headache.


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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