Diarrhea

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Diarrhea Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for diarrhea. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "diarrhea" is rarely designed with the resulting "diarrhea" 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, "diarrhea", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - kidney yang deficiency, liver attacking the spleen, spleen qi deficiency, stomach cold, stomach dampness, stomach fire, stomach food stagnation, stomach qi 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 diarrhea are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for diarrhea - 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 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 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 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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  • LI 3 (Third Space)
    On the radial side of the index finger, proximal to the hea…
    Expel wind and heat particularly from the throat, teeth, mo…
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  • LI 11 (Pool at the Bend)
    At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway …
    Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine…
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  • LU 5 (Cubit Marsh)
    At the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brac…
    He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin…
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  • PC 3 (Marsh at the Bend)
    On the transverse cubital crease on the ulnar side of the b…
    Chronic angina - palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks, sens…
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  • SP 2 (Great Metropolis)
    On medial side of big toe, sital and inferior to the 1st me…
    Generally used to clear damp-heat - gout, painful obstructi…
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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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  • SP 16 (Abdominal Lament)
    3 cun above SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline…
    Aids intestinal issues by clearing heat in the intestines a…
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  • ST 20 (Assuming Fullness)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 13.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting. …
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  • ST 21 (Beam Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 12.
    Tonifies Middle Warmer, assists CV 12. Epigastric pain, ac…
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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 23 (Supreme Unity)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 10.
    Abdominal pain, epigastric pain, bloating, poor appetite, d…
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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 39 (Lower Great Hollow)
    9 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Disorders of the Small Intestine organ - abdominal pain, di…
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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 27 (Small Intestine Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with 1st PSF.
    Main point for all Small Intestine related issues. Damp he…
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  • UB 28 (Bladder Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with 2nd PSF.
    Main point for all Bladder issues: from damp heat (painful …
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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 37 (Gate of Abundance)
    6 cun below UB 36 on a line joining UB 36 and UB 40.
    Strenghtens the spine and alleviates pain - low back pain, …
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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 "diarrhea", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Diarrhea ".

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