Muscle Weakness

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Muscle Weakness Connections

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

  • SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)
    Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the rad…
    Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Us…
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  • SI 7 (Branch to the Correct)
    5 cun proximal to the dorsal crease of the wrist on the SI …
    Local point for pain and/or strength/control issues in the …
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  • SI 12 (Grasping the Wind)
    Directly above SI 11 in the center of the suprascapular fos…
    Local point for shoulder, scapula and/or arm pain, numbness…
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  • SP 3 (Supreme White)
    Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphal…
    SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pat…
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  • SP 7 (Leaking Valley)
    6 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus on line connect…
    Local point. Continued muscle atrophy in the presence of a…
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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 33 (Yin Market)
    With knee flexed, 3 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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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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