Cough

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Cough Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for cough. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "cough" is rarely designed with the resulting "cough" 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, "cough", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - lung dampness - phlegm cold, lung dampness - phlegm heat, lung dryness, lung qi deficiency, lung wind invasion - wind cold, lung wind invasion - wind heat, lung yin 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 cough are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for cough - 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 C5 (Sides of Spine at C5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C5 innervates the areas of the larynx and pharynx, area is …
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  • 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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  • KD 4 (Large Goblet)
    Posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus in a depress…
    Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the LI (opposit…
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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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  • KD 24 (Spirit Ruins)
    In the 3rd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 18.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 25 (Spirit Storehouse)
    In the 2nd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 19.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 26 (Lively Center)
    In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • KD 27 (Shu Mansion)
    In a depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun …
    Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathi…
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  • LI 13 (Arm Five Li)
    3 cun above LI 11 on the LI 15 to LI 11 line.
    Local point for pain in the elbow and upper arm. Difficult…
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  • LI 16 (Great Bone)
    In the upper aspect of the shoulder between the acromial ex…
    Adjunctive point with LI 15 for shoulder issues, particular…
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  • LU 1 (Central Treasury)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st I…
    Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially …
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  • LU 2 (Cloud Gate)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, below the clavicle i…
    Similar to LU 1 but used more often as a local shoulder poi…
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  • LU 4 (Guarding White)
    1 cun below LU 3 on the radial side of the biceps brachii m…
    Local Point. May be used for cough, shortness of breath, c…
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  • LU 6 (Collection Hole)
    7 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 and LU 9.
    Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usually wind-h…
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  • LU 9 (Great Abyss)
    At the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery.
    Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, SOB, chroni…
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  • PC 1 (Celestial Pool)
    1 cun lateral to the nipple in the 4th ICS.
    Window of the Sky Point, opens the chest - fullness, counte…
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  • PC 2 (Celestial Spring)
    2 cun below the end of the anterior axillary fold between t…
    Opens the chest and invigorates the blood - cardiac pain / …
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  • SI 15 (Central Shoulder Shu)
    2 cun lateral to the spinous process of C7 (GV 14).
    Asthma, cough, coughing up of blood (hemoptysis). Local po…
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  • SI 17 (Celestial Countenance)
    Posterior to the angle of the mandible in a depression on t…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • SP 18 (Celestial Ravine)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-cost…
    Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough,…
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  • SP 19 (Chest Village)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 3rd inter-cost…
    Aids the descent of lung qi - cough. Regulate lung qi - sh…
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  • SP 20 (All-Round Flourishing)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 2nd inter-cost…
    Aids the descent of lung qi - cough, shortness of breath, c…
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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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  • ST 9 (Man's Prognosis)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple on the anterior bord…
    In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpating the pu…
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  • ST 12 (Empty Basin)
    In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral…
    Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck). Neck/throat is…
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  • ST 14 (Storeroom)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 1st ICS.
    Cough. Sensation of tightness a/or fullness in the chest.
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  • ST 16 (Breast Window)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 3rd ICS.
    Chest tightness a/or pain, asthma, cough. Breast pain, abs…
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  • ST 18 (Breast Root)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.
    Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insu…
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  • ST 40 (Beautiful Bulge)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two f…
    Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from…
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  • UB 11 (Great Shuttle)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 13, level with T1.
    Wind disorders. Hui-meeting point of the bones, useful wit…
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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 13 (Lung Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 12, level with T3.
    Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM perspecti…
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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 42 (Po Door)
    3 cun lateral to GV 12 and UB 13, level with T3, on the spi…
    Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: …
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