KD 6

Acupuncture Point Theory

KD 6 Acupuncture Point Applications and Theory

The acupuncture point "KD 6" , 照海, is represented by "Zhaohai" in pinyin and "Shining Sea" in english and may be found:

In a depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.


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

  • Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from yin deficiency.
  • Other Yin Deficient throat related issues - swollen, dry, loss of voice, difficult swallowing.
  • A range of menstrual issues such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility from cold in the uterus, leukorrhea.
  • Genital issues (shan disorders) such as swelling, itching, seminal emission and/or involuntary erections in men.
  • Constipation from Yin Deficiency.
  • Plum Pit Qi.
  • Nighttime epilepsy, insomnia, disturbed sleep with nightmares, yin deficient symptoms such as hot hands/feet, night sweats.
  • A range of anxiety disorders, fear/fright.


Kd 6 has the following theoretical associations which serve as important guideposts in designing an effective treatment protocol:

Explore kd 6 functional grouping theory - Extraordinary Master-Coupled.

A single acupuncture point is not commonly thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. KD6, however, is a strong candidate to be incorporated into an acupuncture protocol for patients who exhibit: Kidney Yin Deficiency

KD 6 may potentially be used, in coordination with a well designed acupuncture treatment protocol, to influence the following conditions: Amenorrhea (Absence of Menstruation), Constipation, Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain - Cramps), Genital Pain - Swelling, Leukorrhea, Loss of Voice, Plum Pit Qi, Seminal Emission and/or Sore Throat

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 62 (With SI 3 for low back pain, difficulty walking, …) are nearby.

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