Kidney 1

essential oils for acupressureKidney 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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General Acupressure Directions-Video

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Other Name(s) of KI 1:

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications of KI 1:

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

Location of KI 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

acupressure point kidney 1

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions of 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

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations of KI 1:

Menopause

With hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, agitation and/or headaches apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 1, apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Spleen 4 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Pericardium 6 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

Night Sweats

For night sweats due to Kidney Yin Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick Acupressure Point Kidney 1 and 3 using the tonification method and to acupressure point Kidney 7 using reduction method (counter-clockwise motion)

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. Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick Acupressure Point Kidney 1 and 3 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Heart 7 using the tonification method (clockwise)

Anger

Kidney Yin is the basis of Liver Yin. If the emotional upset becomes volatile due to Liver Heat with outbursts and rage, apply the Wood Element Acupressure-stick to acupressure point Liver 2 using reduction method (counter-clockwise motion)

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 using the even method

Other Uses for Acupressure Point Kidney 1:

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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