Canker Sores (Cold Sores)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Canker Sores (Cold Sores)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for canker sores (cold sores).

Content Related to Canker Sores (Cold Sores)

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "canker sores (cold sores)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "canker sores (cold sores)" - 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 3 (Lesser Sea)

        With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital crease and the medial epicondyle of the humerus.

        Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands - Parkinson's, stroke. Good local point to move the Qi and Blood. Spirit disorders from phlegm a/or heat etiologies - epilepsy, depression, anxiety, nervousness, poor memory, fuz…
  • View HT 8 (Lesser Mansion)

        When a loose fist is made where the tip of the little finger rests between the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones.

        HT Fire effecting the SI effecting the UB, heat descending to the lower jiao - incontinence, difficult urination, fungal infections, genital itching. Channel issues, sore throat, tongue stiffness, pain along the ulnar aspect of the arms. …
  • View HT 9 (Lesser Surge)

        .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial side of the little finger.

        Jing Well Point - clear heat a/or obstruction from the opposite end of the channel, eye pain a/or redness, mouth ulcerations, sores. Can be bled or needled for emotional disturbances - strong restlessness, anxiety, panic attacks, manic de…

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 "canker sores (cold sores)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Canker Sores (Cold Sores) ".

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