Kidney Meridian

Dahe KI12: Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Da: great He: plentiful
Dahe is the confluence of the kidney meridian and thoroughfare Vessel ( Chongmai ), where the primary Qi of the Lower Jiao is plentiful.
Point: KI12
Chinese Name: 大赫
Name: Dahe
English Name/Meaning: Great Luminance
Pinyin: dà hè
Han Geul 한글: dae hyeok 대혁
Romaji: tai kaku
Vietnamese: Đại hách


4 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to Zhongji (REN4).


Regulates conception and governor vessel.

Indications of dahe:

Nocturnal emission, impotence, morbid leucorrhoea, pain in the external genitalia, prolapse of uterus.


Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.


  • Meeting point of Kidney and Chong Vessel.
  • Great as a substitute for REN3.
  • Help ovulation (KI12, REN3, REN4).


  • Avoid deep needling, to prevent urinary bladder injury when full.
  • Avoid in Pregnancy.


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.