Common Cold

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Common Cold Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for common cold. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "common cold" is rarely designed with the resulting "common cold" 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, "common cold", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, summer heat 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 common cold are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for common cold - 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 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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  • LI 4 (Union Valley)
    In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.
    Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes …
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  • LI 19 (Grain Bone Hole)
    Directly below the lateral margin of the nostril at the lev…
    Sinus congestion. Nasal polyps, sores. Nosebleed (combina…
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  • LU 7 (Broken Sequence)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid pro…
    Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scrat…
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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 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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  • UB 9 (Jade Pillow)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 17 or 2.5 cun above the PHL, 1.3 cun …
    Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, head…
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  • UB 12 (Wind Gate)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T2.
    Main point to expel wind from the Wei Qi level of the body,…
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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 "common cold", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Common Cold ".

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