Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

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.

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:

  • View HT 1 (Highest Spring)

        In the center of the axilla on the radial side of the axillary artery.

        Regulate Qi flow from the torso to the arm and vice versa - cold, numbness, pain in shoulder a/or arm. Pain in the cardiac region - heart pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, palpitations. Frozen shoulder. Pain a/or distentio…
  • View LI 15 (Shoulder Bone)

        Anterior and inferior to the acromion in a depression found with the arm abducted.

        Shoulder Disorders, rotator cuff injuries, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder, any ROM issues. Seminal emission due to taxation.  
  • View ST 38 (Ribbon Opening)

        8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Empirical point for shoulder issues - pain, motor control, adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder."  Local point for lower leg issues - pain, atrophy, numbness.

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