If we observe the Chinese characters used to depict Shufu (KID 27) we find that ‘Shu’ is drawn as a small barge that is moving upstream, it promotes the concept of movement, transport, bringing forth, struggle… Fu is drawn as a structure or building within which a hand is giving something to a man. It promotes the concept of storage, storehouse and treasury… Thus we can see that the specific characters the acupuncturists of times past chose to depict this acupuncture point highlights it’s connection to one’s inner vitality or inner ‘treasures’ which can be drawn on in times of need.
Hence, it is no surprise that this acupuncture point has a deep scope of application in the clinical setting. It is used in the Worsley five element acupuncture style to connect one to their vital reserves in times of stress, exhaustion & despair. Furthermore, as the Kidney meridian is seen as the ‘water’ meridian in five element philosophy, it can provide the movement and flow to one’s inner creativity and inherent qualities.
In my own acupuncture clinic I can definitely relate to the psycho-spiritual effects that the utilisation of Shufu KID 27 can bring about. I utilise this acupuncture point as part of a treatment strategy for dealing with adrenal deficiency/exhaustion presentations. The Reason I believe this point has such a pivotal role in ameliorating said condition, is that if we relate the concept of adrenal fatigue/deficiency/exhaustion to the classical Chinese characters used to represent the points functions, we find that under stress (illness/emotional/physical) our adrenal glands will secrete adrenaline/noradrenaline and cortisol, resulting in increased glucose availability and metabolism to meet said demand. Over a prolonged state of “stress” the immune system becomes impaired and an adaptive cascade takes place finally resulting in fatigue/malaise/illness.
Thus it will come as no surprise that an acupuncture point such as Shufu KID 27, which as its classical Characters depict connects one to there “inner source” and “reserves” in times of need has an amazing potential and scope of use in treating and ameliorating adrenal imbalance issues.
As a little side note, I would like to also add that Shufu Kid 27 has also been directly related to the parathyroid gland and the subsequent secretion of parathyroid hormone. This is according to the work of master acupuncturist Kiyoshi Nagano. Thus, a further clinical application I personally use this acupuncture point for is the regulation of parathyroid hormone secretion and the subsequent regulation of resorption of bone in ‘bone turnover’. As parathyroid hormone indirectly stimulates osteoclast activity and bone resorption which results in increased blood calcium levels & its associated health risks, it is of paramount importance to utilise this point in the treatment of menopausal/post-menopausal women and anyone at risk of osteoporosis/hypercalcemia.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Giancarlo Nerini - Licensed Acupuncturist