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”).
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.
For a video illustrating how to locate Kidney 22-27, click below: