KD 3

Acupuncture Point Theory

KD 3 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "KD 3" , 太谿, is represented by "Taixi" in pinyin and "Great Ravine" in english and may be found:

In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolus and the attachment of the achilles tendon.


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

  • Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology.
  • Asthma from KD Deficiency - difficulty inhaling.
  • Tonifies Yin of KD (chronic sore throat, empty heat), LV (dizziness, tinnitus, headache) a/or HT (anxiety, insomnia, excessive dreaming).
  • Tonifies Yang of KD (impotence, premature ejaculation, seminal emission, weak low back/knees, frequent urination).
  • Low back pain, usually of a chronic nature.
  • Local point for heel a/or ankle pain.


Kd 3 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore kd 3 functional groupings theory - Five Shu and/or YuanLuo, 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. KD3, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Kidney Qi Deficiency, Kidney Yang Deficiency and/or Kidney Yin Deficiency

KD 3 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Anxiety, Asthma, Back Pain, Dizziness (Vertigo), Frequent Urination, Headache, Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction), Insomnia, Seminal Emission, Sore Throat and/or Tinnitus

While not necessarily valid clinically, LV 4 (Generally, moves stagnation and clears heat - Hep…), SP 5 (Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - letha…) and UB 60 (Main point for pain anywhere along the spine (UB …) are nearby.

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