KD 1

Acupuncture Point Theory

KD 1 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "KD 1" , 涌泉, is represented by "Yongquan" in pinyin and "Gushing Spring" in english and may be found:

On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the junction of the anterior 1/3 and posterior 2/3 of line connecting base of the 2nd and 3rd toes with the heel.


Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV Fire - headaches, tinnitus, hypertension, epilepsy.
  • Cooling KD empty heat - chronic sore throat, dry mouth, low back pain.
  • Tonify KD/HT Yin - insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, poor memory, mania, rage w/desire to kill, hot flashes, night sweats.
  • Loss of consciousness, yang collapse.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to descend the energy in the body particularly after qi gong exercises, energy healing sessions, etc. Useful for headache, nausea, insomnia, etc.


Kd 1 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore kd 1 functional groupings theory - Entry Exit Point and/or Five Shu, or read all point categories and related theory.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. KD1, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Heart Yang Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Liver Fire and/or Liver Yang Rising

KD 1 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Epilepsy (Seizure), Fainting (Loss of Consciousness), Headache, Hot Flashes, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Insomnia, Night Sweats (Sleep Hyperhidrosis), Sore Throat and/or Tinnitus

While not necessarily valid clinically, EX Anmian (Sleep issues - insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep), EX Bafeng (Foot issues - pain, swelling, numbness. Mentioned…) and SP 4 (Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - sev…) are nearby.

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