Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Gallstones (Cholelithiasis) Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for gallstones (cholelithiasis). It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "gallstones (cholelithiasis)" is rarely designed with the resulting "gallstones (cholelithiasis)" 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, "gallstones (cholelithiasis)", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver blood stagnation, liver fire, liver qi stagnation 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 gallstones (cholelithiasis) are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for gallstones - 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 T10 (Sides of Spine at T10)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T10 (Left) innervates the gall bladder and is used for issu…
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  • ST 19 (Not Contained)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 14.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting (rebellious stomach qi).…
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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 "gallstones (cholelithiasis)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Gallstones ".

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