Translating "腹通谷", acupuncture point KI-20

The reasoning for translating "腹通谷" as "On the Belly Through the Valley" from Chinese into English. This is the original name of acupuncture point KI-20 (Kidney 20).

腹通谷
On the Belly Through the Valley  (KI-20)
腹: Abdomen / belly
通: Through / unobstructed
谷: Valley / valley stream

Explanation of the point name

There are two 通谷 'Through the Valley' points, one on the foot (BL-66 足通谷) and one on the belly (this one). Both enhance capacities that are helpful in situations like passing through a valley, when things aren't easy.

Here, the difficulty is that one cannot move in ones usual way. It could happen that a person has to move on his belly, when his legs are wounded, or when he needs to hide from an enemy by staying low.

1st character

Abdomen / belly
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Point names with

For consistency in the translations, it is necessary to be aware of how the character is translated elsewhere. These are the point names it is in.

SP-14 腹結 Belly Knot
SP-16 腹哀 Belly Lament
KI-20 腹通谷 On the Belly Through the Valley


2nd character

Through / unobstructed
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Point names with

For consistency in the translations, it is necessary to be aware of how the character is translated elsewhere. These are the point names it is in.

HT-5 通里 Passing Through the Village
BL-7 通天 Unhindered Heaven
BL-66 足通谷 Walking Through the Valley
KI-20 腹通谷 On the Belly Through the Valley


3rd character

Valley / valley stream
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Point names with

For consistency in the translations, it is necessary to be aware of how the character is translated elsewhere. These are the point names it is in.

LI-4 合谷 Closed Valley
ST-43 陷谷 Trapped in the Valley
SP-7 漏谷 Leaking Valley
SI-2 前谷 In Front of the Valley
SI-5 陽谷 Yang Valley
BL-66 足通谷 Walking Through the Valley
KI-2 然谷 Burning Valley
KI-10 陰谷 Yin Valley
KI-20 腹通谷 On the Belly Through the Valley
GB-8 率谷 Follow the Valley


Nearby points

Sometimes the names of consecutive points on a meridian are related. Being aware of nearby points can help to translate consistently in such a situation.

KI-17 商曲 Crooked Exchanges
KI-18 石關 Stone Barrier
KI-19 陰都 Yin City
KI-20 腹通谷 On the Belly Through the Valley
KI-21 幽門 Dark Gate
KI-22 步廊 Walking Corridor
KI-23 神封 Blocked Heart