Muscular Dystrophy

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Muscular Dystrophy" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for muscular dystrophy.

Content Related to Muscular Dystrophy

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "muscular dystrophy" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "muscular dystrophy" - 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 7 (Leaking Valley)

        6 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the medial malleolus on the posterio…

        Local point. Continued muscle atrophy in the presence of adequate nutrition. Promotes urination - difficult urination. Resolves dampness - lower body swelling, ankle, knee.
  • View ST 15 (Roof)

        4 cun lateral to the AML in the 2nd ICS.

        Asthma, chest oppression, fullness a/or pain in the chest. Breast pain, distention, mastitis, abscess. General pain, heaviness and/or itching of the whole body.
  • 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 39 (Lower Great Hollow)

        9 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Disorders of the Small Intestine organ - abdominal pain, diarrhea, dysentary. SI channel problems - breast issues, mastitis, pain/swelling/numbness along channel. Local point for lower leg issues - pain, numbness, motor control, atrophy.

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 "muscular dystrophy", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy ".

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