Hemorrhoids

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Hemorrhoids Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for hemorrhoids. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "hemorrhoids" is rarely designed with the resulting "hemorrhoids" 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, "hemorrhoids", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - bladder damp heat, heat in the blood, liver fire, liver yang rising 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 hemorrhoids are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues (1st and 2nd trimester) " .

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:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at L5 (Sides of Spine at L5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L5 innervates the descending colon and is used for the enti…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at S5 (Sides of Spine at S5)
    In the area around UB 35
    S5 influences the rectum and is ussed for hemorrhoids and o…
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  • KD 7 (Recover Flow)
    2 cun above KD 3 on the anterior border of the achilles ten…
    Tonifies KD Yang, especially with respect to water regulati…
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  • SP 12 (Surging Gate)
    Superior to the lateral end of the inguinal groove lateral …
    Used for a variety of urinary disorders (retention, painful…
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  • UB 24 (Sea of Qi Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with L3.
    Generally used as a local point for back pain.  General wea…
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  • UB 27 (Small Intestine Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with 1st PSF.
    Main point for all Small Intestine related issues. Damp he…
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  • UB 35 (Meeting of Yang)
    .5 cun lateral to the GV line on either side of the tip of …
    Clears damp heat from the lower warmer - principle point fo…
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  • UB 36 (Support)
    On posterior side of the thigh at the midpoint of the infer…
    Low back pain/sciatica where pain runs down the posterior a…
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  • UB 39 (Bend Yang)
    Lateral to UB 40 on the medial border of the tendon of bice…
    Harmonize the triple warmer, damp heat conditions effecting…
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