Knee Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Knee Pain" Issue / Symptom Connections

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

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

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 SP 9 (Yin Mound Spring)

        On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia in the depression posterior and inferior to the medial condyle o…

        He Sea point - drains dampness (generally through urination), LV 8 will drain damp from the genital region and SP 9 will drain damp from the lower warmer. Chronic yeast infections, candida. Damp Bi, Medial Knee Pain. Issues involving da…
  • View ST 3 (Great Bone-Hole)

        Directly below the pupil in a depression at the level of the border of the ala nasi.

        Local point - Twitching eyelids, pain a/or swelling of the cheek, trigeminal neuralgia, toothache. Deviation from stroke, bell's palsy, facial paralysis. Swelling of the knee (Deadman text).
  • View ST 31 (Thigh Joint)

        On 2 lines connecting the ASIS and the superiolateral corner of the patella and level with the lower border of symphysi…

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Pain in the thigh, muscular atrophy/weakness, knee pain, low back pain.
  • View ST 32 (Crouching Rabbit)

        6 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting with the ASIS.

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Muscular atrophy of the lower leg, thigh, knee pain, low back pain. Beriberi (thiamine, B1 deficiency).
  • View ST 33 (Yin Market)

        With knee flexed, 3 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on line connecting with the ASIS.

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Weakness, numbness, motor control issues of the leg and/or knee.
  • View ST 34 (Beam Hill)

        With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting with the ASIS.

        Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement. Pain, motor control, circulation issues of the knee and/or lower leg. Excess & Acute issues of the Stomach and chest - acute Stomach pain, GERD, vomiting, acute breast pain.
  • View ST 35 (Calf's Nose)

        With knee flexed, below the patella in a depression lateral to the patellar ligament.

        Knee problems.  Often used with heding and the medial xiyan extra points. Weakness and/or motor control issues of the lower leg, atrophy. Beriberi (Thiamine, B1 deficiency).
  • View ST 45 (Severe Mouth)

        .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral side of the 2nd toe.

        Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and organ - headaches, toothaches, facial pain, sore throat, TMJ, bell's palsy, facial deviation from stroke. Agitation a/or insomnia w/heat signs, excessive dreaming, loss of consciousne…
  • View 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 weakness in the low back and/or knees. Due to the qi moving functions in the area, may be used with hemorrhoids, dysmehorrhea and other discharges such as leukorrhea, blood stools, e…
  • View UB 39 (Bend Yang)

        Lateral to UB 40 on the medial border of the tendon of biceps femoris.

        Harmonize the triple warmer, damp heat conditions effecting the lower warmer: disperse for difficult urination, tonify for urinary incontinence. Frees the channel - lumbar pain, lower intestinal distention, hemorrhoids. Swellings in the …
  • View UB 40 (Bend Middle)

        Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendons of biceps femoris and semitendinosis.

        As the Lumbar Command Point, useful for all lumbar related issues: acute low back pain, sprain, muscle spasms, etc. Main point for heat conditions such as summer heat, heatstroke and heat exhaustion.  Nightsweats in some cases from defici…

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 "knee pain", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Knee Pain ".

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