Kidney Meridian

Taixi KI3 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Tai: Great Xi: Canyon
Taixi is in the depression between the medial malleolus and the Archilles tendon, as in vast canyon.

Point: KI3
Chinese Name: 太溪
Name: Taixi
English Name/Meaning: Supreme Stream
Pinyin: taì xī
Han Geul 한글: tae yeon 태계
Romaji: tai kei
Vietnamese: Thái khê


On the medial side of the foot, posterior to the medial malleolus, in the depression between the tip of the medial malleolus and calcaneal tendon.


  • Tonifies Kidney (Yang, yin, jing, Qi, KI yin deficiency, KI yang deficiency).
  • Cools heat (afternoon fever, insomnia, nightsweats, thirst, evening dry tongue).
  • Strengthens lower back and knees ( bone degeneration).

Indications of  Taixi:

  • Taixi is main point for urinary problems, fertility problems, sexual problems.
  • Also benefits for headache, dizziness, insomnia, forgetfulness, Sore and swollen throat, toothache, tinnitus, deafness.
  • Taixi is great point fot Cough, asthma; Lumbar pain.
  • Irregular menstruation, seminal emission, impotence, frequent urination, diabetes.


Puncture obliquely in the direction of anterior side of lateral malleolus 0.5-1 cun.


Shu-Stream point.
Yuan-Source Point.
Good for Kidney deficiency.
Great for asthma, emphysema, ear issue.
Good for moxa for Kidney deficiency.


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.

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