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Water is associated with the emotion fear. Of course, a little fear is useful as it keeps us safe from harm. However, when it gets excessive it can lead to problems like phobias and anxiety.

Another key feature of water is determination. If you observe how water behaves in nature, you will see that it has the power to wear away mountains over time. When a person’s water is in balance, they should have willpower, motivation, and drive to achieve their goals.

However, when water goes out of balance, people can become workaholics or, at the other end of the spectrum, lose the will to do anything at all. Because of this, people with water imbalances need to be careful not to work too hard and burn themselves out.

The organs associated with water are the Kidneys and Bladder. Therefore, symptoms such as incontinence and bladder issues are often due to a water imbalance.

In Chinese medicine, the Kidneys also include the reproductive organs and the adrenal glands. Therefore, issues such as infertility and hormonal imbalances can often be traced back to this organ.

Back and knee pain are also common Kidney problems, and this is due to the location of the Kidneys and their channel, which runs directly through the knees.

If you scored highest on water, be sure to apply acupressure to these points three times a week:

To help find each point, use the ‘cun measurement system’. 1 cun is the width of a person’s thumb, whereas the width of the two forefingers equals 1.5 cun and the width of four fingers (except the thumb) side-by-side is three cuns.


Chinese Name: Guan Yuan

English Translation: Gate of Origin

Location: On the midline, 3 cun below to the belly button.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Supplements Qi and returns yang; warms and regulates the blood chamber and the palace of essence; regulates original Qi and dissipates pathogens; safeguards health and prevents disease; dispels cold damp and eliminates cold in the genitals;

Symptoms: Urinary frequency; urinary stoppage; painful menstruation, menstrual block and other menstrual disorders; prolapse of the uterus; postpartum hemorrhage; lower abdominal pain; diarrhea; wind strike desertion patterns; impotence; seminal emission; bed wetting; vaginal discharge; hernia; menstrual disorders.

Secondary Symptoms: Infertility; persistent flow of lochia; hematuria; rough urination with dark-colored urine; kidney inversion headache; summerheat strike; cold Qi entering the lower abdomen; Water swelling; kidney vacuity dyspnea; bloody stool; wasting thirst disease; dizziness and headache;


Chinese Name: Shen Shu

English Translation:  Kidney Shu

Location: 1.5 cun outwards from the spine on the lower border of the L2 vertebra, at the highest visible point of the paraspinal muscles.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Strengthens transformative action of Qi; strengthens the lumbar and spine; boosts Water and invigorates fire; supplements the kidney; dispels water-damp; brightens the eyes and sharpens the hearing.

Symptoms: Impotence; bed wetting; backache and weakness of the knee; tinnitus; edema; seminal emission; vaginal discharge; clouded vision; deafness.

Secondary Symptoms: Bloody urine; aching lumbus and frigid knees; fullness in the lateral costal region; acute pain in the lower abdomen; wasting thirst; headache; genital pain; diarrhea and untransformed digestate; rumbling intestines; accumulation of frigid Qi giving rise to taxation in females; emaciation in females due to intercourse during menstruation; alternating fever and chills; cloudy urine containing semen; wind-stroke deafness and paralysis of the limbs; cough, dyspnea and diminished Qi.


Chinese Name: Taixi

English Translation: Supreme Stream

Location:  On the inner side of the ankle, in the depression between the prominence of the ankle bone and the Achilles’ tendon.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Enriches Kidney yin; invigorates original yang; and rectifies the womb.

Symptoms: Lumbar pain; toothache; deafness; coughing of blood; asthma; irregular menstruation; insomnia; impotence; urinary frequency; sore throat; seminal emission.

Secondary Symptoms: Toothache; difficult evacuation; cardiac pain; inversion cold in the extremities; damp itch and sores on the inside of the thigh; branching fullness in the chest and lateral costal region; heat disease with copious sweating; repletion dyspnea with fullness and phlegm tinnitus; swelling of the pharynx; Kidney vacuity impotence and seminal emission; Kidney disease; gluey sensation in the mouth.


Chinese Name: Jing Gu

English Translation: Capital Bone

Location: On the outer side of the foot; in the depression anterior and inferior to the tuberosity of the 5th metatarsal.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels; quiets the heart and spirit; dissipates wind and clears heat.

Symptoms: Epilepsy; pain in the lumbus and leg; headache; stiff neck.

Secondary Symptoms: Nosebleed; mania and withdrawal; malarial disease; palpitations; splitting headache; diarrhea; fever and chills.

CV4 had a positive influence over the lower area of the body, including the Kidneys and Bladder. It is a great point for boosting energy and for fertility problems. BL23 is located directly over the Kidneys and has a powerful effect on these organs. KI3 and BL64 are the water ‘source’ points and have a gentle, balancing influence.