Edema

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Edema Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for edema. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "edema" is rarely designed with the resulting "edema" 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, "edema", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - heart yang deficiency, kidney yang deficiency, lung wind invasion - wind cold, spleen invasion - cold damp, spleen yang 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 edema are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues (3rd 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 T5 (Sides of Spine at T5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the ta…
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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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  • LI 6 (Veering Passageway)
    3 cun above the crease of the wrist on the LI 5 to LI 11 li…
    Luo Connecting Point, influences the descending and dispers…
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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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  • SP 7 (Leaking Valley)
    6 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus on line connect…
    Local point. Continued muscle atrophy in the presence of a…
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  • SP 17 (Food Hole)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 5th inter-cost…
    Promotes smooth spleen qi (digestion), moves water stagnati…
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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 43 (Sunken Valley)
    In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd m…
    Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear h…
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  • UB 22 (Triple Burner Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 5, level with L1.
    As Triple Heater Shu this point effects conditions related …
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  • UB 23 (Kidney Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 4, level with L2.
    For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicin…
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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 "edema", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Edema ".

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