Kidney 1

KI1 Acupressure Point

Use the Water Aroma Acu-Stick® to activate points on the Kidney Channel. Kidney 1 is an amazing pressure point for its grounding nature by returning the unrooted back to its source; it calms the Spirit, descends excesses from the head, and eases dizziness. KI 1 support Kidney Yin which represents substance, Blood, and the potential for cooling the body. Kidney Yin is the source of Yin for all of the energetic organ systems. When Yin is unrooted pathogenic Heat and Wind are free to roam upward in the body assaulting the head and mind.

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Location of Acupressure Point KI 1acupressure point kidney 1

Kidney 1 is on the sole of the foot approximately at the junction of the anterior third and posterior two thirds of the sole between the second and third metatarsal bones. Apply the Water Element Aroma Acu-Stick® to Kidney 1 to activate its healing potential!

0001leaves.jpgTraditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations of KI 1


With hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, agitation and/or headaches:

Night Sweats

For night sweats due to Kidney Yin Deficiency:

Emotional Upset

The Kidney Yin cools the Heart, and the Heart warms the Kidney Yang creating a perfect balance. The Heart houses the mind and is the source of all emotions. If the Yin is not sufficient to keep the Heart cool emotions will become unbalanced. Kidney 1 helps to support the Yin but also is able to re-establish the communications between the Heart and Kidney energetic organ system once they have been disrupted.

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Kidney Yin is the basis of Liver Yin. If the emotional upset becomes volatile due to Liver Heat with outbursts and rage:

Chronic Sore Throat

A sore throat that is not explained by a viral pathogen may respond to the treatment of Kidney 1 as the Kidney Channel traverses the throat and chronic Yin Deficiency can result in a chronic sore throat or mild to moderate throat pain. Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick Acupressure Point Kidney 1 and 3 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Heart 8.


Other Name(s) of Acupuncture Point KI 1

  • Yongquan
  • Bubbling Spring
  • Vessel in the Center of the Sole
  • Earth Surge
  • Stumbling Heart
  • Earth Thoroughfare
  • Yin Valley

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of Acupuncture Point KIdney 1

  • Wood Point
  • Jing-Well Point
  • Sedation Point
  • Entry Point

Other Uses for Acupressure Point Kidney 1

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of Acupressure Point KI 1

  • Nourishes Yin
  • Clears Deficient Kidney Heat (from Yin Deficiency)
  • Down-bears Yin Fire
  • Descends Excess from the Head
  • Subdues Wind
  • Stabilizes the Spirit-Shen

Cautions: Do not use acupressure as self-care when pregnant without the guidance of a licensed acupuncturist. Always discuss new treatment modalities with your local health care professional.



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