Asthma

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Asthma Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for asthma. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "asthma" is rarely designed with the resulting "asthma" 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, "asthma", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - kidney qi deficiency, liver fire, liver qi stagnation, liver yin deficiency, lung dampness - phlegm cold, lung dampness - phlegm heat, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, spleen qi deficiency 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 asthma are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for asthma - 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 C5 (Sides of Spine at C5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C5 innervates the areas of the larynx and pharynx, area is …
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T1 (Sides of Spine at T1)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T1 innervates the windpipe and affects the bone marrow, use…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T3 (Sides of Spine at T3)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T3 innervates the lung and lymph systems and is used for a …
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T6 (Sides of Spine at T6)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of respirator…
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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 22 (Corridor Walk)
    In the 5th ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 16.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 23 (Spirit Seal)
    In the 4th ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 17.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 24 (Spirit Ruins)
    In the 3rd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 18.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 25 (Spirit Storehouse)
    In the 2nd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 19.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 26 (Lively Center)
    In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 27 (Shu Mansion)
    In a depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun …
    Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathi…
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  • LU 1 (Central Treasury)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st I…
    Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially …
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  • LU 2 (Cloud Gate)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, below the clavicle i…
    Similar to LU 1 but used more often as a local shoulder poi…
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  • LU 3 (Celestial Storehouse)
    3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the bic…
    Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goit…
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  • LU 6 (Collection Hole)
    7 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 and LU 9.
    Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usually wind-h…
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  • LU 9 (Great Abyss)
    At the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery.
    Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, SOB, chroni…
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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 15 (Central Shoulder Shu)
    2 cun lateral to the spinous process of C7 (GV 14).
    Asthma, cough, coughing up of blood (hemoptysis). Local po…
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  • SI 17 (Celestial Countenance)
    Posterior to the angle of the mandible in a depression on t…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • SP 20 (All-Round Flourishing)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 2nd inter-cost…
    Aids the descent of lung qi - cough, shortness of breath, c…
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  • SP 21 (Great Embracement)
    On lateral side of the chest and on the mid-axillary line i…
    Mentioned classically that when this point is deficient, al…
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  • ST 9 (Man's Prognosis)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple on the anterior bord…
    In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpating the pu…
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  • ST 12 (Empty Basin)
    In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral…
    Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck). Neck/throat is…
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  • ST 13 (Qi Door)
    4 cun lateral to the AML at the lower border of the clavicl…
    Asthma, cough, wheezing, chest distention, hiccups. Local …
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  • ST 15 (Roof)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 2nd ICS.
    Asthma, chest oppression, fullness a/or pain in the chest. …
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  • ST 16 (Breast Window)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 3rd ICS.
    Chest tightness a/or pain, asthma, cough. Breast pain, abs…
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  • ST 18 (Breast Root)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.
    Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insu…
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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 40 (Beautiful Bulge)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two f…
    Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from…
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  • UB 13 (Lung Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 12, level with T3.
    Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM perspecti…
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  • UB 17 (Diaphragm Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 9, level with T7.
    Hui-meeting Point of the Blood, useful for all Blood relate…
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  • UB 23 (Kidney Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 4, level with L2.
    For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicin…
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  • UB 42 (Po Door)
    3 cun lateral to GV 12 and UB 13, level with T3, on the spi…
    Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: …
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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 "asthma", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Asthma ".

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