Goiter

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Goiter" Issue / Symptom Connections

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

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "goiter" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "goiter" - 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, "goiter" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: liver qi stagnation, phlegm stagnation, and/or spleen 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 LU 3 (Celestial Storehouse)

        3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goiters, swellings in the neck. Lung related spirit disharmonies - stress induced asthma, poor memory, fuzzy/muddled thinking, depression, "floating corpse ghost talk", "melancholy cr…
  • View SI 16 (Celestial Windows)

        On the lateral side of the neck, posterior to the SCM and LI 18, level with the Adam's apple.

        Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat, voice issues. Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness, pain. Local point for neck and/or shoulder problems. …
  • View SI 17 (Celestial Countenance)

        Posterior to the angle of the mandible in a depression on the anterior border of the SCM.

        Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat. Chest oppression, wheezing, cough, asthma. Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness. Tong Ren/Tam Healing Sys…
  • View ST 10 (Water Prominence)

        Midway between ST 9 and ST 11 at the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoideus muscle.

        Local point - swollen/sore throat, shortness of breath, goitre, scrofula. Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the common carotid artery and the vagus nerve.  Useful for issues such as high cholesterol, const…

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