Esophageal Cancer

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Esophageal Cancer" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for esophageal cancer.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "esophageal cancer" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "esophageal cancer" - 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.

Within TCM, "esophageal cancer" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: phlegm stagnation, stomach fire, and/or stomach qi deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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 T6 (Sides of Spine at T6)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T6

        T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of respiratory issues, asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc..  Also used for esophageal issues (more on the left side) including a supporting role in some types of reflux and other dige…
  • 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…

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