Insufficient Lactation

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Insufficient Lactation Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for insufficient lactation. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "insufficient lactation" is rarely designed with the resulting "insufficient lactation" 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.

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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 insufficient lactation are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues " .

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:

  • KD 21 (Dark Gate)
    6 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 14.
    Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functiona…
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  • PC 1 (Celestial Pool)
    1 cun lateral to the nipple in the 4th ICS.
    Window of the Sky Point, opens the chest - fullness, counte…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 11 (Celestial Gathering)
    On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrasc…
    Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast p…
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  • SP 18 (Celestial Ravine)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-cost…
    Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough,…
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  • ST 18 (Breast Root)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.
    Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insu…
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