Manic Depression

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Manic Depression Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for manic depression. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "manic depression" is rarely designed with the resulting "manic depression" 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 manic depression are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for psychiatric disorders - treatment protocols " .

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:

  • HT 4 (Spirit Pathway)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fl…
    Sudden loss of voice. Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating …
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  • HT 6 (Yin Cleft)
    .5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fle…
    Night sweats, Steaming Bone Disorders, tonify Yin and Blood…
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  • HT 7 (Spirit Gate)
    At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi…
    Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Emo…
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  • HT 9 (Lesser Surge)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point - clear heat a/or obstruction from the oppo…
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  • KD 9 (Guest House)
    5 cun above KI 3 on the line drawn from KI 3 to KI 10 at th…
    Strong spirit disorders - anger, cursing, mania. Deficient…
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  • KD 20 (Open Valley)
    5 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 13.
    Local point for abdominal and digestive issues. Mania, epi…
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  • LI 5 (Yang Ravine)
    On the radial side of the wrist in a depression between ext…
    Local point for wrist pain. Classically noted with LI 7 fo…
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  • LI 7 (Warm Dwelling)
    5 cun above the crease of the wrist (LI 5).
    Xi Cleft Point useful for pain due to stagnation along the …
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  • LI 8 (Lower Ridge)
    4 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 to LI 11 line.
    The following relationships exist between the ST and the LI…
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  • SI 5 (Yang Valley)
    On the ulnar end of the transverse wrist crease in a depres…
    Local point for the hand and wrist. Neck and shoulder pain…
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  • SI 19 (Auditory Palace)
    Anterior to the tragus and posterior to the condyloid proce…
    Ear problems of any etiology, inflammation, deafness, tinni…
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  • SP 5 (Shang Hill)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus…
    Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desir…
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  • ST 23 (Supreme Unity)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 10.
    Abdominal pain, epigastric pain, bloating, poor appetite, d…
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  • ST 24 (Slippery Flesh Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 9.
    Epigastric pain, vomiting (rebellious qi). Similar effects…
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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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  • ST 41 (Ravine Divide)
    On the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle, appr…
    Opposite end of channel issues (i.e. head/face) - swelling,…
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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  • UB 3 (Eyebrow Ascension)
    .5 cun inside the anterior hairline, directly above UB 2, b…
    Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction. Epilepsy, ag…
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  • UB 5 (Fifth Place)
    .5 cun behind UB 4 or 1 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun later…
    Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilepsy, yang a…
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  • UB 8 (Declining Connection)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 7 or 5.5 cun above the AHL and 1.5 …
    Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vi…
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  • UB 10 (Celestial Pillar)
    1.3 cun lateral to GV 15 in a depression or .5 cun above th…
    Relieves pain - neck issues, stiffness, ROM, occipital head…
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  • UB 17 (Diaphragm Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 9, level with T7.
    Hui-meeting Point of the Blood, useful for all Blood relate…
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