Kidney Meridian

Zhaohai KI6 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Zhao: To shine       Hai: Sea
Zhaohai pertains to the kidney meridian and the Qi here is as abundant as a sea. It means that the real Yang of the Kidney may illuminate the whole body.

Point: KI6
Chinese Name: 照海
Name: Zhaohai
English Name/Meaning: Shining Sea
Pinyin: zhào hǎi
Han Geul 한글: joh hae 조해
Romaji: shō kai
Vietnamese: Chiếu hải


On the medial side of the foot, in the depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.


  • Cools heat (genital itching, urine retention).
  • Calms the spirit (anxiety, mental restlessness from yin deficiency, insomnia).
  • Benefits the throat (sore throat, dry throat, nourishes yin, nourishes fluid).
  • Brightens the eyes (stimulates Yin Qiao to send moisture to eyes).
  • Enriches Kidney yin .


  • Zhaohai is beneficial for irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, morbid leukorrhea, prolapsed uterus.
  • Also benefits frequent urination, retention of urine, constipation.
  • Sore and dry throat.
  • Insomnia, epilepsy.


Puncture perpendicularly 0.5-0.8 cun.


One of the Eight Confluent Points associated with the Yin Heel Vessel.


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.