The Daily Point: “Great Brightness”

by in Acupuncture February 23, 2012

Great Brightness/Great Luminance Kidney 12
Element: Water

Great Brightness can be found at the near center of the abdomen, below the navel, in an area called the dan tian.  This the is center and storehouse of a person’s qi.  Its name and location suggests its revitalizing effect this point when one is feeling depleted on any level, whether it be mentally, physically, or spiritually.  It can also be used to address issues local to the abdomen and reproduction.

Of all the elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, Water is the most yin or interiorly oriented.  It is associated with winter, the time of the year when there is deep stillness in nature.  Water and yin are also associated with out deepest sense of who we are, our purpose and our “blueprint” as human beings.  “Great Brightness” sounds as though it could be a point belonging to the Fire element, which represents the heart, joy, and connection.  However as a point belonging to the water element, it represents the illumination of one’s inner purpose and that manifestation out into the world.

MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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About MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
MaryFatimah has practiced acupuncture for over 10 years, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, and nationally board-certified by the NCCAOM. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health.