Epigastric Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Epigastric Pain 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.

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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 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:

  • SP 3 (Supreme White)
    Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphal…
    SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pat…
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  • SP 4 (Yellow Emperor)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st …
    Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdomi…
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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 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 24 (Slippery Flesh Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 9.
    Epigastric pain, vomiting (rebellious qi). Similar effects…
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  • UB 16 (Governing Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 10, level with T6.
    Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, bo…
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  • UB 21 (Stomach Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.
    Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic…
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