Japanese Acupuncture - Kidney Deficiency Cold - Five Phase Protocol

Japanese Theory

This page contains the abdominal presentation, treatment points and associated signs and symptoms for the Kidney Deficiency Cold Five Phase treatment. For a description of the overall treatment protocol see our Five Phase treatment information page.

Five Phase - Kidney Deficiency Cold Pattern


  • Root Treatment Points:
  • Technique: #0 or #1 needle, approx. 3-5mm insertion, retain approx. 10 minutes
  • Yuan Source Points - LU 9 & KD 3 or
  • Metal Points - LU 8 & KD 7
  • Common Symptoms:
  • Blackish color, especially around lips a/or eyes
  • Easily frightened
  • Coldness in the lower back
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of urinary force
  • Related Patterns & Treatment (in lieu of controlling cycle):
  • HT Cold - tonify SI 4 & HT 7
  • SP Cold - tonify ST 42
  • LU Cold - tonify LU 7

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Kuwahara, Koei: New England School of Acupuncture, Advanced Japanese Techniques Lecture Notes

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