Alopecia

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Alopecia" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for alopecia.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "alopecia" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "alopecia" - 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.

Within TCM, "alopecia" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: kidney jing deficiency, and/or liver blood deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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 point should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View 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, boils, psoriasis, alopecia. Harmonizes the qi in the chest and abdomen - epigastric pain, abdominal distention, borborygmus. Chest / Cardiac pain - unbinds the chest.

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