Kidney 3

essential oils for acupressureKidney 3 (KI3) is one of the most important acupressure-acupuncture points on the body as it is the Source point for the Kidney energetic system and can be used for Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yang Deficiency, and Kidney Qi Deficiency. It is often said that the Kidneys of Traditional Chinese Medicine are nearly always deficient and very rarely suffer from excess. Thus, most diseases and body imbalances that involve the Kidney energetic system would benefit from acupressure at Kidney 3.

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General Acupressure Directions-Video

Purchase the Water Element Acupressure Stick to activate KI 3 here!

Other Name(s):

  • Taixi
  • Great Stream
  • Supreme Stream
  • Great Ravine
  • Lu Palace
  • Great Mountain Stream

Traditional Chinese Medicine Classifications:

  • Yuan or Source Point
  • Earth Point
  • Shu or Stream Point
  • Point of Summer

Location: On the medial side of the foot even with the medial malleolus in a depression posterior the tip of the inside ankle bone in a dip next to the Achilles tendon

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Indications and Acupressure Point Combinations:

Lower Back Pain

For chronic achy lower back pain due to Kidney Deficiency or for lower back pain due to trauma, apply the the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 and acupressure point Bladder 60 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our topical Chinese herbal remedies for pain relief found here!

Night Sweats

For night sweats due to Kidney Yin Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and to acupressure point Kidney 7 using reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

Knee Weakness and Pain

For weakness of the knees or pain that tends to be achy apply the the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 and the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Stomach 36 using the tonification method (clockwise motion). With swelling of the knee apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Gallbladder 34 reduction method (counter-clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula and topical Chinese herbal remedies for pain relief found here!

Heel Pain

For pain around the ankle or bottom of the foot especially involving contraction of the Achilles tendon, apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Bladder 60 and to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our topical Chinese herbal remedies for pain relief found here!

Ringing in the Ears

For tinnitus due to Kidney Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

Hearing Loss

In the case of loss of hearing due to aging and Kidney Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

Memory Loss

For loss of cognitive acuity due to aging apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point HT 7 and acupressure point Pericardium 6 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Sage Mountain herbal formula

Frequent Urination

When one has the urge to urinate more often than normal or through the night due to aging and Kidney Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

Anxiety

The Water Element relates to fear and Kidney Deficiency often results in anxiety and panic attacks. Apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 and apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point HT 7 and acupressure point Pericardium 6 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Yin Valley herbal formula

ED in Men

For ED and impotence due to Kidney Deficiency apply the Water Element Acupressure Stick to acupressure point Kidney 3 using the tonification method (clockwise motion) and consider our organic Sustained Essence herbal formula

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.

References

Taixi (KI3) acupoint activates cerebral neurons in elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment

The effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic interventions on treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain in Iran: A systematic review and meta-analysis

KI3 in healthy volunteers induces specific cortical functional activity: an fMRI study

Effects of acupuncture at Taixi acupoint (KI3) on kidney proteome

Different Brain Activation after Combined Acupoints and Single Acupoint in Hypertension Patients: An Rs-fMRI Study

Acu-points used in the prophylaxis against recurrent uncomplicated cystitis

Self-Acupressure for Older Adults With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Traditional Chinese medicine for neck pain and low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The effect of acupressure on fatigue among female nurses with chronic back pain

Self-Administered Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial