What Does That Point Do? Kidney-1

Kidney1 - Acupuncture Clinic in Kalispell, MT

If you want to put a spring in your step, you must draw strength from the well of the Water Element. If you feel exhausted by effort and want to contact your true will, dip your cup in the Bubbling Spring.

John Kirkwood
Kidney1 - Acupuncture Clinic in Kalispell, MT

Bubbling Spring, aka Kidney-1, is an acupuncture point that offers access to the power of will and wisdom. It is located on the sole of the foot, about 1/3 of the way from the base of the second toe and 2/3 of the way up from the bottom of the foot between the second and third metatarsals. You will feel a slight depression when you find the right spot. It may seem like it is a very painful point to needle, but most people don’t even feel the needle going in.

What Is Kidney-1 Used For?

It is the lowest point of the body where Qi (life force) enters the Kidney meridian, therefore it grounds the Spirit through constant contact with the energy of the earth. According to Five Element School of acupuncture, Bubbly Spring is a portal through which we draw upon the source just like the tree’s roots draw nourishment from the soil. If we lack strength, stamina, will or perseverance, Kidney-1 helps us tap into the reserves to jump start our engine.

Ungrounded energy may rise aggressively and create an excess in the upper part of the body. This kind of imbalance can be experienced as dizziness, headaches, confusion, anxiety, mania, stress, panic attacks, agitation, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, surges of anger and rage, impaired vision, nosebleeds, hypertension, tinnitus and fear. When Kidney-1 is activated, whether by needling, moxibustion or acupressure, it pulls Qi down and relieves the symptoms.

Chinese Character For Bubbling Spring

Since Bubbly Spring (Kidney-1) restores the balance between fire and water in the body, the stimulation of this acupuncture point helps with “water and essence related” conditions such as infertility, poor memory or edema. It is also good for disorders brought on by menopause including, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and headaches.

If your symptoms are mild, such as occasional insomnia or anxiety, try to massage Kidney-1 with essential oil of Myrrh or Frankincense at bedtime or when relief is needed. For deeper seated stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and anger, ongoing acupuncture treatments from a trained acupuncturist would be the best approach.

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