Chest Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Chest Pain Connections

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

Within TCM, "chest pain", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, liver cold stagnation, liver qi stagnation, phlegm fire, phlegm stagnation among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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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:

  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • KD 20 (Open Valley)
    5 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 13.
    Local point for abdominal and digestive issues. Mania, epi…
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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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  • SI 19 (Auditory Palace)
    Anterior to the tragus and posterior to the condyloid proce…
    Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinni…
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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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  • 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 16 (Governing Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 10, level with T6.
    Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, bo…
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  • UB 21 (Stomach Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.
    Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic…
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