Abdominal Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Abdominal Pain Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for abdominal pain. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "abdominal pain" is rarely designed with the resulting "abdominal pain" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "abdominal pain", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, stomach cold, stomach fire, stomach food stagnation, stomach qi deficiency, stomach rebellious qi among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for abdominal pain are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for abdominal pain - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • KD 11 (Pubic Bone)
    5 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 2.
    KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Ch…
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  • KD 12 (Great Manifestation)
    4 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 3.
    KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Ch…
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  • KD 13 (Qi Hole)
    3 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 4.
    KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Ch…
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  • KD 14 (Fourfold Fullness)
    2 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 5.
    KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Ch…
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  • KD 15 (Central Flow)
    1 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 7.
    KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Ch…
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  • KD 16 (Huang Shu)
    .5 cun lateral to CV 8.
    Cold a/or Dry effecting the lower abdomen a/or intestines -…
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  • KD 17 (Shang Bend)
    2 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 10.
    Local point for abdominal and colon pain and functional iss…
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  • KD 18 (Stone Pass)
    3 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 11.
    Local Point for abdominal and intestinal issues.   Pain, h…
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  • KD 19 (Yin Metropolis)
    4 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 12.
    Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain. Vomiting, r…
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  • KD 21 (Dark Gate)
    6 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 14.
    Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functiona…
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  • LI 9 (Upper Ridge)
    3 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 to LI 11 line.
    The following relationships exist between the ST and the LI…
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  • SP 2 (Great Metropolis)
    On medial side of big toe, sital and inferior to the 1st me…
    Generally used to clear damp-heat - gout, painful obstructi…
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  • SP 3 (Supreme White)
    Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphal…
    SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pat…
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  • SP 4 (Yellow Emperor)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st …
    Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdomi…
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  • SP 5 (Shang Hill)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus…
    Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desir…
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  • SP 12 (Surging Gate)
    Superior to the lateral end of the inguinal groove lateral …
    Used for a variety of urinary disorders (retention, painful…
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  • SP 13 (Bowel Abode)
    .7 cun laterosuperior to SP 12 and 4 cun lateral to the ant…
    Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), h…
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  • SP 14 (Abdominal Bind)
    1.3 cun below SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midli…
    Warms the middle warmer and dissipates cold for lower abdom…
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  • SP 15 (Great Horizontal)
    4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus (CV 8) lateral…
    Regulate the Qi of the Intestines - constipation, diarrhea …
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  • SP 16 (Abdominal Lament)
    3 cun above SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline…
    Aids intestinal issues by clearing heat in the intestines a…
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  • ST 19 (Not Contained)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 14.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting (rebellious stomach qi).…
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  • ST 20 (Assuming Fullness)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 13.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting. …
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  • ST 21 (Beam Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 12.
    Tonifies Middle Warmer, assists CV 12. Epigastric pain, ac…
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  • ST 22 (Pass Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 11.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, gurgling in the stomach/intestine…
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  • ST 23 (Supreme Unity)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 10.
    Abdominal pain, epigastric pain, bloating, poor appetite, d…
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  • ST 26 (Outer Mound)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 7.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, hernias. Menstrual issues - dysm…
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  • ST 27 (Great Gigantic)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 5.
    Beneficial for multiple genito-urinary issues in men - impo…
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  • ST 30 (Surging Qi)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 2.
    Upper Sea of Water & Grain Point - excess or deficient …
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  • ST 34 (Beam Hill)
    With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement. P…
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  • ST 36 (Leg Three Li)
    3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood. Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overa…
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  • ST 37 (Upper Great Hollow)
    6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intest…
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  • ST 39 (Lower Great Hollow)
    9 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Disorders of the Small Intestine organ - abdominal pain, di…
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  • ST 41 (Ravine Divide)
    On the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle, appr…
    Opposite end of channel issues (i.e. head/face) - swelling,…
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  • ST 43 (Sunken Valley)
    In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd m…
    Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear h…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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  • UB 16 (Governing Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 10, level with T6.
    Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, bo…
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  • UB 20 (Spleen Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 6, level with T11.
    Main point for all Spleen problems from a TCM perspective o…
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  • UB 21 (Stomach Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.
    Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic…
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  • UB 22 (Triple Burner Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 5, level with L1.
    As Triple Heater Shu this point effects conditions related …
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  • UB 25 (Large Intestine Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 3, level with L4.
    Main point for low back pain especially when related to con…
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "abdominal pain", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Abdominal Pain ".

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