Anxiety

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Anxiety Connections

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

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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 anxiety are described in our acupuncture protocol pages - "acupuncture for anxiety - treatment protocols ", "acupuncture for psychiatric disorders - 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:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C2 (Sides of Spine at C2)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C2 innervates the forehead and the frontal lobe.  The relat…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T5 (Sides of Spine at T5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the ta…
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  • HT 1 (Highest Spring)
    In the center of the axilla on the radial side of the axill…
    Regulate Qi flow from the torso to the arm and vice versa -…
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  • HT 3 (Lesser Sea)
    With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital…
    Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands …
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  • HT 4 (Spirit Pathway)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fl…
    Sudden loss of voice. Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating …
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  • HT 5 (Connecting Li)
    1 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flex…
    Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff …
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  • HT 6 (Yin Cleft)
    .5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fle…
    Night sweats, Steaming Bone Disorders, tonify Yin and Blood…
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  • HT 7 (Spirit Gate)
    At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi…
    Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Emo…
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  • HT 9 (Lesser Surge)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point - clear heat a/or obstruction from the oppo…
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  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • KD 3 (Great Ravine)
    In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolu…
    Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. …
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  • KD 4 (Large Goblet)
    Posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus in a depress…
    Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the LI (opposit…
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  • KD 9 (Guest House)
    5 cun above KI 3 on the line drawn from KI 3 to KI 10 at th…
    Strong spirit disorders - anger, cursing, mania. Deficient…
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  • PC 3 (Marsh at the Bend)
    On the transverse cubital crease on the ulnar side of the b…
    Chronic angina - palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks, sens…
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  • SI 5 (Yang Valley)
    On the ulnar end of the transverse wrist crease in a depres…
    Local point for the hand and wrist. Neck and shoulder pain…
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  • SI 7 (Branch to the Correct)
    5 cun proximal to the dorsal crease of the wrist on the SI …
    Local point for pain and/or strength/control issues in the …
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  • SI 11 (Celestial Gathering)
    On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrasc…
    Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast p…
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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 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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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 24 (Slippery Flesh Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 9.
    Epigastric pain, vomiting (rebellious qi). Similar effects…
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  • UB 14 (Jue Yin Shu (Pericardium Shu))
    1.5 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T4.
    For all heart conditions: palpitations, anxiety, stress, et…
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  • UB 15 (Heart Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 11, level with T5.
    Main point for all heart related issues from a TCM perspect…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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  • UB 19 (Gallbladder Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 7, level with T10.
    Shao Yang level diseases, alternating fever and chills. Ma…
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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 "anxiety", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Anxiety ".

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