Health Issues/Symptoms Connections
Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for epigastric pain. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "epigastric pain" is rarely designed with the resulting "epigastric pain" 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, "epigastric pain", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, liver attacking the spleen, spleen and stomach damp heat, spleen qi deficiency, stomach cold, stomach fire, stomach food stagnation, stomach qi deficiency among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.
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 epigastric pain are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for epigastric pain - 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: