Acupuncture Points Notebook

: Jiaoxin : Exchange Belief

Kid-8 : Foot Shaoyin Kidney 8

Xi-cleft point of the Yin Qiao Mai

Meeting of Kidney with Yin Qiao Mai

On the medial aspect of the lower leg, 2 cun superior to Taixi Kid-3 and 0.5 cun anterior to Fuliu Kid-7, posterior to the medial border of the tibia.

Perpendicular insertion 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Regualtes the Ren and Chong Mai and adjusts menstruation
Stops uterine bleeding
Clears heat and drains damp from the lower jiao

TCM Indications:
  • Uterine bleeding, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea, uterine prolapse.
  • Swelling and pain of the testicles, itching of the genitals, sweating of the genitals, shan disorder, night sweating.
  • Diarrhoea, dysenteric disorder, difficult defecation or urination, retention of urine, the five types of painful urinary dysfunction, qi painful urinary dysfunction.
  • Lumbar pain, pain of the inner aspect of the thigh.

    Superficial Innervation: Saphenous nerve (L3 - L4)
    Dermatome Segment: L4
    Deeper Structures: Tibial nerve (L5 - S2)

    Using Yuen's (2005, The Extraordinary Vessels) interpretation Yin Qiao Mai as the vessels of our approach to ourselves, this point's name and its allocation as the Xi-Cleft point reflect an indication for people who need to change their self-beliefs.


    Ling Shu Ch. 52, On the Wei Qi, considers this point or Fuliu Kid-7 or Zhaohai Kid-6 (the text is vague and says 3 cun above or below the inner ankle) to be the root of the foot Shaoyin meridian with the tip being at Shenshu Bl-23 and Lianquan Ren-23.

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