Digestive Issues

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Digestive Issues" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for digestive issues.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "digestive issues" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "digestive issues" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

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.

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:

  • View EX Huatuojiaji at T11 (Sides of Spine at T11)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T11

        T11 innervates the small intestine and is used for a range of digestive and assimilation issues and with related factors edema in the abdomen or lower part of the body. Used  extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy.…
  • View EX Huatuojiaji at T7 (Sides of Spine at T7)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T7

        T7 (Left) innervates the spleen and is an important point for any blood related issues - both in terms of circulation but also in terms of disease.  Due to the role in body fluids and blood a range of issues that are more prominent at nigh…
  • View EX Huatuojiaji at T8 (Sides of Spine at T8)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T8

        T8 (Left) innervates the esophagus and is used for conditions such as reflux and a range of digestive issues worsened by poor diet and drinking too many fluids with meals.  Also useful as support points for leg and foot problems. T8 (Righ…
  • View EX Huatuojiaji at T9 (Sides of Spine at T9)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T9

        T9 (Left) innervates the stomach and is used for a range of digestive issues including gas, bloating, ulcers and heartburn as well as stomach cancer. T9 (Right) innervates the liver and is used for a range of physical liver as well as liv…
  • View KD 11 (Pubic Bone)

        5 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 2.

        KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues
  • View KD 12 (Great Manifestation)

        4 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 3.

        KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues
  • View KD 13 (Qi Hole)

        3 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 4.

        KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues
  • View KD 14 (Fourfold Fullness)

        2 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 5.

        KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues
  • View KD 15 (Central Flow)

        1 cun below CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 7.

        KD 11, KD 12, KD 13, KD 14 & KD 15 all intersect the Chong Mai and are useful as local points for abdominal a/or gynecological issues
  • View KD 24 (Spirit Ruins)

        In the 3rd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 18.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing. Breast distention - moves qi stagnation in the chest. Palpitations, abdominal bloating, panic attacks arising from digestive issues.
  • View KD 25 (Spirit Storehouse)

        In the 2nd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 19.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing. Vomiting, reflux, digestive issues - harmonize stomach.
  • View KD 26 (Lively Center)

        In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing - useful for phlegm stagnation. Digestive issues, nausea, vomiting - harmonizes stomach. Steaming Bone Disorder.
  • View SP 3 (Supreme White)

        Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphalangeal joint in a depression at the junction of the red and …

        SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pathologies - abdominal a/or epigastric pain, digestive issues, heart pain. Muscle atrophy in the lower legs, heaviness in the body. Main treatment point of Lung Sho pattern (with L…
  • View ST 21 (Beam Gate)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 12.

        Tonifies Middle Warmer, assists CV 12. Epigastric pain, accumulations of food in the abdomen a/or palpable masses, vomiting. Diarrhea, poor appetite, anorexia.
  • View ST 30 (Surging Qi)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 2.

        Upper Sea of Water & Grain Point - excess or deficient conditions of the Stomach - hypogastric pain, bloating, abdominal pain. Regulates the Intestines - borborygmus, hernia - rectal, inguinal. Regulates genitalia - swelling and pain…

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 "digestive issues", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Digestive Issues ".

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