The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing)

| March 9, 2010 | 1 Comment | 4,169 views

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The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -1

The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -1

The Kidney primary channel begins beneath the little toe, which is reached by a branch separating from the Bladder primary channel at its endpoint at ➞BL-67 (zhiyin) (foot Yin–Yang connection of the second great circuit).

The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -2

The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -2

The Kidney primary channel diagonally crosses the sole of the foot to KID-1 (yongquan) and to KID-2 (rangu) below the navicular tuberosity, continues to the posterior aspect of the
medial malleolus and descends to enter the heel. From here it ascends the medial aspect of the lower leg, intersecting with ➞ SP-6 (yinlingquan) and continuing to ascend the posteromedial aspect of the thigh towards the perineum. In the perineal region the primary channel divides into two branches:

➡ the deep, internal branch travels to ➞Du-1 (changqiang) and ascends alongside the spine to connect with its pertaining zang Organ, the Kidneys (shen), and its paired fu-Organ, the Bladder (pangguang). Here it divides into smaller branches which connect with ➞ Ren-4 (guanyuan) and ➞ Ren-3 (zhongji), and, according to some authors, also with ➞ Ren-7 (yinjiao). From the Kidney (shen) a branch ascends to the Liver (gan), runs to and spreads in the Lung (fei), continues to the trachea and terminates at the root of the tongue. From the Lung (fei), an inner branch travels to the Heart (xin), where it meets the Pericardium primary channel (deep Yin–Yin connection). It then disperses in the chest and reaches ➞Ren-17 (shanzhong).
➡ the external branch separates in the perineal region and runs to the lower abdomen at KID-11 (henggu). From the pubic bone it ascends initially 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline, from the 5th intercostal space (KID-22) 2 cun lateral to the midline to the infraclavicular fossa.

The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -3

The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) -3

Clinical importance (➞ 1.2)
Exterior (biao) signs and symptoms: Pain in the lumbar region, counterflow Cold or weakness of the legs, dry mouth, sore throat, pain in the lateral gluteal region and on the posterior thigh, pain on the soles of the feet. Interior (li) or zangfu-Organ signs and symptoms: Pain, facial oedema, dark rings under the eyes, shortness of breath, somnolence, restlessness, diarrhoea, thin or dry stools, abdominal distension, nausea and vomiting, impotence.

Connections of the Kidney primary channel
Connections with other channels
Bladder primary channel (zu tai yang jing)
Connection:
Foot Yin–Yang connection of the second great circuit
Location: BL-67 ➞ KID-1 (on the foot)
Circulation: Circadian (according to the Organ clock)
Importance: Exterior–Interior relationship

Heart primary channel (shou shao yin jing)
Connection: Paired according to the Six-Channel theory (hand–foot pairing): shao yin (Yin axes of the second great circuit)
Location: KID ➞ HE (on the thorax). A branch of the internal pathway of the Kidney primary channel travels from the Kidney to the Liver, penetrates the diaphragm and spreads in the Lung (fei). From the Lung a branch runs to the Heart (xin), there connecting with the Heart primary channel.
Circulation: Non-circadian (not according to the Organ clock)
Importance: Above–below relationship

Pericardium primary channel (shou jue yin jing)
Connection: Deep Yin–Yin connection
Location: KID ➞ P. A branch of the internal pathway of the Kidney primary channel travels from the Kidney to the Liver, penetrates the diaphragm and spreads in the Lung ( fei). From the Lung an internal branch courses to the Heart (xin), where it joins the Pericardium primary channel (deep Yin–Yin connection) and also reaches ➞ Ren-17 (shanzhong).
Circulation: Circadian (according to the Organ clock)
Importance: The Pericardium primary channel receives Nutritive Qi (ying qi) from the Kidney primary channel (first circulation of the ying qi ➞ 1.1.4).

Connections with other zangfu-Organ systems
Kidney (shen), Bladder (pangguang), Liver (gan), Lung ( fei),
Pericardium (xin bao), Heart (xin)

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  1. Tarah Touney says:

    The Kidney Primary Channel (zu shao yin jing) | Acupuncture School Online is one of the best articles I have seen on this topic.

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