Leg Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Leg Pain Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for leg pain. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "leg pain" is rarely designed with the resulting "leg pain" 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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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 T7 (Sides of Spine at T7)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T7 (Left) innervates the spleen and is an important point f…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T8 (Sides of Spine at T8)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T8 (Left) innervates the esophagus and is used for conditio…
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  • KD 8 (Intersection Reach)
    .5 cun anterior to KI 7, 2 cun above KI 3 posterior to the …
    Issues of movement and mobility of the medial aspect of the…
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  • SP 13 (Bowel Abode)
    .7 cun laterosuperior to SP 12 and 4 cun lateral to the ant…
    Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), h…
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  • ST 4 (Earth Granary)
    Directly below the pupil, lateral to the corner of the mout…
    Facial pain - Bell's palsy, facial paralysis, trigeminal ne…
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  • ST 31 (Thigh Joint)
    On 2 lines connecting the ASIS and the superiolateral corne…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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  • ST 32 (Crouching Rabbit)
    6 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on t…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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  • ST 34 (Beam Hill)
    With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement. P…
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  • ST 36 (Leg Three Li)
    3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood. Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overa…
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  • ST 38 (Ribbon Opening)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Empirical point for shoulder issues - pain, motor control, …
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  • ST 39 (Lower Great Hollow)
    9 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Disorders of the Small Intestine organ - abdominal pain, di…
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  • ST 40 (Beautiful Bulge)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two f…
    Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from…
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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 37 (Gate of Abundance)
    6 cun below UB 36 on a line joining UB 36 and UB 40.
    Strenghtens the spine and alleviates pain - low back pain, …
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  • UB 38 (Superficial Cleft)
    1 cun above UB 39 on the medial side of the tendon of bicep…
    Similar functions to the bladder points on the sacrum and l…
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