Acupuncture for Leukorrhea - Treatment Protocols

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for leukorrhea (vaginal discharge). There are many ways to treat this condition with Eastern Medicine and our presentation is only one of many possible options.

  • Etiology:
    • Poor diet a/or overwork - may lead to a SP deficiency which may cause an accumulation of dampness on the lower warmer.
    • KD Qi Deficiency - usually arises from multiple child-births, deficiency may lead to an accumulation of dampness in the lower warmer.
    • Excess Damp a/or LV Qi Stagnation may generate heat which may lead to abnormal dischages.
  • Differentiation:
  • LV Qi Stagnation - Excess Pattern
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Variable quantity of discharge, abdominal distention, dry mouth w/bitter taste
      • Tongue:  Yellow or white coat
      • Pulse:  Wiry
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • LV 2 - LV heat
      • LV 5 - resolve dampness in the genital area
      • Could add LV 8 for damp heat
  • Damp Heat - Excess Pattern
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Profuse red/yellow discharge w/strong odor, dark/painful urination, thirst, irritability, infections are possible within this differentiation
      • Tongue:  Yellow, greasy coat
      • Pulse:  Slippery
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • SP 9 - resolve dampness
      • UB 32 - leukorrhea
      • If Blood is present w/discharge - SP 10
  • SP Qi Deficiency
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • White discharge w/no odor, fatigue, sallow complexion, loose stools
      • Tongue:  White coat, likely to be a little greasy
      • Pulse:  Weak, slow
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 6 - tonify Qi, disperse cold in abdomen
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • ST 36 - tonify ST/SP
      • UB 20 - SP Shu
  • KD Qi Deficiency
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Chronic watery discharge, dark complexion, sore/weak back a/or knees, clear copious urination
      • Tongue:  Pale
      • Pulse:  Thin, deep
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • KD 2 or KD 7 - tonify KD
      • UB 23 - KD Shu

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes