Kidney 1, “Bubbling Spring”

Located on the bottom of the foot, KD 1 connects us with the Earth.

What is the spring that is referred to in the name, “Bubbling Spring?”
Here is how I think of it:

Kidney is the Yin Organ of the Water Element. Springs are where fresh water emerges from the ground. Water nourishes all life. When we bring conscious attention to Kidney 1 while standing on the ground, it is possible to receive energy directly from the Earth.

The Kidney meridian becomes a passageway for Earth’s energy to rise from our feet all the way up to our chest.  Along the way, this Qi nourishes our legs, reproductive organs, digestive and urinary organs, lungs and heart. All of the vital organs are infused by the nourishing energy of the Earth, transformed into flowing Qi of Water.


A practice:
Stand comfortably, soften your ankles, knees and hips. Bring your mind to your breath. Check that your head, eyes, jaw, shoulders and back are relaxed yet toned. Drop your mind to your belly where your breath comes to when you inhale. Now, feel for Kidney 1 on the bottom of your feet, and then feel the Earth from this point.  Breathe, feel, notice, and allow Kidney 1 to open to the Earth.

Locate KD 1:


KD 1 is located on the bottom of both feet.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

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.


  • Atty

    Reply Reply March 17, 2015

    Being a blind person I can’t see the pictures so it would be great if you could describe them too. Thanks.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply March 17, 2015

      Hi Atty,
      Thanks for your feedback – I’ll get to work on this.


  • Peony

    Reply Reply March 17, 2015

    I kept feeling this bubbling time to time, and wondered what it was! It tickled my entire body!

  • Anne Jones

    Reply Reply March 22, 2017

    I did not know anything about this k-1 on the bottom of the feet but what I did know and do experience is that while in the bath putting a smooth bar of soap and rubbing the smooth bar across this area of my foot – can’t even describe it in words! I knew it meant something but didn’t know what – it’s a kind of mystical pleasure/comfort I experience every single time. I will definitely do the feet on earth focus and allow to receive earth energy directly to and through me. Is that something where shoes should be off? Should I have bare feet on bare earth? What else do I need to know about this?

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply March 22, 2017

      Hi Anne,
      Thanks for sharing your experience! Experience will be your best guide – experiment with shoes on and off and notice your experience. You might want to explore the pathway of the Kidney meridian – here is a link for that: Kidney Meridian

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