Spirit points on the Kidney Meridian

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The Kidney points (KD 22-27) on the chest are located in the region of the Heart.
I find this interesting because the Kidneys correspond to the Water element, and the Heart corresponds to the Fire element. We can use these Kidney points to support the essential balance of Fire and Water in ourselves and our family, friends, and clients.

Another interesting thing about these Kidney points is their names.

Many of the points have “Spirit” as part of their name. It is said that the spirit of a person resides in their Heart.  So, now we have a set of points in the area of the Heart that have something to do with the spirit:

Number –  Name                           Location
KD 22 – Walking Corridor          5th intercostal space
KD 23 – Spirit Seal                       4th intercostal space
KD 24 – Spirit Ruin                      3rd intercostal space
KD 25 – Spirit Storehouse           2nd intercostal space
KD 26 – Comfortable Chest        1st intercostal space
KD 27 – Shu Mansion                  Just above KD 26, just below the clavicle (collar bone)
(Names of points are based on translation from original Chinese by Deadman, et. al in their book A Manual of Acupuncture.)

These points are located about two inches away from the mid-line of the breastbone (sternum) in the spaces between the ribs (referred to as “intercostal spaces”).

KD 22 through 27 Located on both sides of the sternum.

KD 22 through 27
Located on both sides of the sternum.

Allow yourself to wonder…

The points on meridians were originally named rather than numbered.
In order to bring these points to life and make them a part of what you offer others, give yourself time to contemplate, wonder, and feel these points on yourself. Sit quietly and feel the rhythm and sound of your Heart, while you think about the statement, “The Spirit Resides in the Heart.”  Allow your mind to wander to these Kidney points and keep wondering while allowing yourself to be receptive to the information that flows to you.

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Elzbieta on December 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Dear Cindy. Can you help with sciatic nerve pain? I had 10 massage settions and pain is still making my mobility limited. I will appreciate any suggestions.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on December 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Hi Elzbieta,
      I have a free webinar about relieving sciatic pain – here is the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/BigTreeRelieveSciaticPain
      I hope this helps!

  2. SHEENA NICOLE on December 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm


    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on December 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Sheena,
      I’m not one for short answers to this kind of a question – I have a Meridian Massage Lesson about relieving neck pain – use this link to check it out http://students.bigtreehealing.com/reduce-neck-pain/
      I hope you feel better soon.

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