Neck Pain

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Neck Pain Connections

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

  • EX Huatuojiaji at C4 (Sides of Spine at C4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C4 innervates the areas of the mouth, jaw and chin.  May be…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at C5 (Sides of Spine at C5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    C5 innervates the areas of the larynx and pharynx, area is …
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at T1 (Sides of Spine at T1)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T1 innervates the windpipe and affects the bone marrow, use…
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  • KD 27 (Shu Mansion)
    In a depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun …
    Opens & relaxes the chest - asthma, constricted breathi…
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  • LU 7 (Broken Sequence)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid pro…
    Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scrat…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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  • SI 4 (Wrist Bone)
    On the ulnar side of the palm in a depression between the b…
    Local point for shoulder, arm, hand and wrist problems part…
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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 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 8 (Small Sea)
    Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial ep…
    Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakne…
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  • SI 14 (Outer Shoulder Shu)
    3 cun lateral to the spinous process of T1 (GV 13).
    Local point for shoulder and scapular region pain. Neck pa…
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  • SI 15 (Central Shoulder Shu)
    2 cun lateral to the spinous process of C7 (GV 14).
    Asthma, cough, coughing up of blood (hemoptysis). Local po…
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  • SI 16 (Celestial Windows)
    On the lateral side of the neck, posterior to the SCM and L…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • ST 11 (Qi Abode)
    At the superior border of the clavicle between the sternal …
    Local point - sore/swollen throat - counterflow qi, cough, …
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  • ST 12 (Empty Basin)
    In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral…
    Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck). Neck/throat is…
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  • ST 13 (Qi Door)
    4 cun lateral to the AML at the lower border of the clavicl…
    Asthma, cough, wheezing, chest distention, hiccups. Local …
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  • UB 7 (Celestial Connection)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 6 or 4 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cu…
    Clear wind and resolve the exterior - important point for s…
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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 11 (Great Shuttle)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 13, level with T1.
    Wind disorders. Hui-meeting point of the bones, useful wit…
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  • UB 12 (Wind Gate)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T2.
    Main point to expel wind from the Wei Qi level of the body,…
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  • UB 41 (Attached Branch)
    3 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T2, on the spinal …
    Useful for dispelling cold and wind from the upper back and…
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  • UB 42 (Po Door)
    3 cun lateral to GV 12 and UB 13, level with T3, on the spi…
    Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: …
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    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 "neck pain", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Neck Pain ".

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