Palpitations

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Palpitations Connections

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

Within TCM, "palpitations", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, heart qi deficiency, heart yang deficiency, heart yin deficiency among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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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 T5 (Sides of Spine at T5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the ta…
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  • HT 1 (Highest Spring)
    In the center of the axilla on the radial side of the axill…
    Regulate Qi flow from the torso to the arm and vice versa -…
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  • HT 5 (Connecting Li)
    1 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flex…
    Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff …
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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 8 (Lesser Mansion)
    When a loose fist is made where the tip of the little finge…
    HT Fire effecting the SI effecting the UB, heat descending …
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  • KD 4 (Large Goblet)
    Posterior and inferior to the medial malleolus in a depress…
    Luo Connecting Point - can be used to treat the LI (opposit…
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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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  • KD 24 (Spirit Ruins)
    In the 3rd ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 18.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • LI 18 (Protuberance Assistant)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple between the sternal …
    Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi ob…
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  • LU 9 (Great Abyss)
    At the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery.
    Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, SOB, chroni…
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  • PC 2 (Celestial Spring)
    2 cun below the end of the anterior axillary fold between t…
    Opens the chest and invigorates the blood - cardiac pain / …
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  • PC 3 (Marsh at the Bend)
    On the transverse cubital crease on the ulnar side of the b…
    Chronic angina - palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks, sens…
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  • SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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  • ST 27 (Great Gigantic)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 5.
    Beneficial for multiple genito-urinary issues in men - impo…
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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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  • UB 14 (Jue Yin Shu (Pericardium Shu))
    1.5 cun lateral to the GV line, level with T4.
    For all heart conditions: palpitations, anxiety, stress, et…
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  • UB 15 (Heart Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 11, level with T5.
    Main point for all heart related issues from a TCM perspect…
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  • UB 19 (Gallbladder Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 7, level with T10.
    Shao Yang level diseases, alternating fever and chills. Ma…
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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 "palpitations", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Palpitations ".

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