Constipation

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Constipation Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for constipation. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "constipation" is rarely designed with the resulting "constipation" 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, "constipation", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - kidney yin deficiency, spleen blood 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 constipation are described in our acupuncture protocol pages - "acupuncture for constipation - treatment protocols ", "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues ", "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues (1st and 2nd trimester) " .

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 L3 (Sides of Spine at L3)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L3 innverates the prostate in men and the ovaries in women.…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at L4 (Sides of Spine at L4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L4 innervates the large intestine and is used for a range o…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T12 (Sides of Spine at T12)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T12 innervates the transverse colon and is used for colon i…
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  • KD 6 (Shining Sea)
    In a depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.
    Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from y…
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  • KD 7 (Recover Flow)
    2 cun above KD 3 on the anterior border of the achilles ten…
    Tonifies KD Yang, especially with respect to water regulati…
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  • KD 16 (Huang Shu)
    .5 cun lateral to CV 8.
    Cold a/or Dry effecting the lower abdomen a/or intestines -…
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  • KD 17 (Shang Bend)
    2 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 10.
    Local point for abdominal and colon pain and functional iss…
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  • SP 14 (Abdominal Bind)
    1.3 cun below SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midli…
    Warms the middle warmer and dissipates cold for lower abdom…
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  • SP 15 (Great Horizontal)
    4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus (CV 8) lateral…
    Regulate the Qi of the Intestines - constipation, diarrhea …
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  • ST 10 (Water Prominence)
    Midway between ST 9 and ST 11 at the anterior border of the…
    Local point - swollen/sore throat, shortness of breath, goi…
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  • ST 22 (Pass Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 11.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, gurgling in the stomach/intestine…
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  • ST 25 (Celestial Pivot)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 8.
    All intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, dysentary, …
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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 37 (Upper Great Hollow)
    6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intest…
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  • ST 41 (Ravine Divide)
    On the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle, appr…
    Opposite end of channel issues (i.e. head/face) - swelling,…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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  • UB 25 (Large Intestine Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 3, level with L4.
    Main point for low back pain especially when related to con…
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  • UB 33 (Central Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum medial and inferior to UB 32, level with the …
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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  • UB 34 (Lower Bone Hole)
    On the sarcum lateral to GV 2, level with the 4th PSF.
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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  • UB 38 (Superficial Cleft)
    1 cun above UB 39 on the medial side of the tendon of bicep…
    Similar functions to the bladder points on the sacrum and l…
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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 "constipation", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Constipation ".

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