Gastritis

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Gastritis" Issue / Symptom Connections

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

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "gastritis" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "gastritis" - 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, "gastritis" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: blood stagnation, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, stomach dampness, stomach qi deficiency, and/or stomach yin 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 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 ST 19 (Not Contained)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 14.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting (rebellious stomach qi). Gastric pain, gall bladder issues. Anorexia, poor appetite.
  • View ST 20 (Assuming Fullness)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 13.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting. Anorexia, poor appetite, diarrhea. Shortness of breath, wheezing.
  • 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 "gastritis", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Gastritis ".

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