Arm Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Arm Pain Connections

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

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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:

  • HT 2 (Cyan Spirit)
    With the elbow flexed, 3 cun above HT 3 on the ulnar side o…
    Local point - in many classics needling this point is contr…
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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 8 (Lesser Mansion)
    When a loose fist is made where the tip of the little finge…
    HT Fire effecting the SI effecting the UB, heat descending …
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  • LI 12 (Elbow Bone Hole)
    With the elbow flexed, on the radial side of the upper arm …
    Local point for pain in the elbow and/or upper arm, tennis …
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  • LI 13 (Arm Five Li)
    3 cun above LI 11 on the LI 15 to LI 11 line.
    Local point for pain in the elbow and upper arm. Difficult…
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  • LI 14 (Upper Arm)
    On the radial side of the upper arm, 7 cun above LI 11 at t…
    Local point for pain in the shoulder and upper arm. Weakne…
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  • LU 4 (Guarding White)
    1 cun below LU 3 on the radial side of the biceps brachii m…
    Local Point. May be used for cough, shortness of breath, c…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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  • SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)
    Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the rad…
    Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Us…
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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 8 (Small Sea)
    Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial ep…
    Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakne…
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  • SI 9 (True Shoulder)
    1 cun above the posterior end of the axillary fold, posteri…
    Local point for shoulder and arm pain and/or movement/contr…
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  • SI 10 (Upper Arm Shu)
    With the arm abducted, directly above SI 9 in a depression …
    Local point for shoulder and upper arm pain, swelling and/o…
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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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  • SI 12 (Grasping the Wind)
    Directly above SI 11 in the center of the suprascapular fos…
    Local point for shoulder, scapula and/or arm pain, numbness…
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  • UB 39 (Bend Yang)
    Lateral to UB 40 on the medial border of the tendon of bice…
    Harmonize the triple warmer, damp heat conditions effecting…
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  • UB 41 (Attached Branch)
    3 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T2, on the spinal …
    Useful for dispelling cold and wind from the upper back and…
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