"Parkinson's Disease (Pd)" Issue / Symptom Connections
Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for parkinson's disease (pd).
Content Related to Parkinson'S Disease (Pd)
It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "parkinson's disease (pd)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "parkinson's disease (pd)" - 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.
Within TCM, "parkinson's disease (pd)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: blood stagnation, kidney jing deficiency, liver wind, liver yang rising, and/or liver yin deficiency.
The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.
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 EX Xiao Chan Xue (Stop Tremor Point)
1.5 cun distal from HT 3
Extra point used for arm tremors of any nature - parkinsons, familiar tremors, emotional tremors, etc.
- View HT 3 (Lesser Sea)
With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital crease and the medial epicondyle of the humerus.
Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands - Parkinson's, stroke.
Good local point to move the Qi and Blood.
Spirit disorders from phlegm a/or heat etiologies - epilepsy, depression, anxiety, nervousness, poor memory, fuz…
- View LI 10 (Arm Three Li)
2 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 to LI 11 line.
The following relationships exist between the ST and the LI and can be used to treat ST, LI and SI organ problems:
SI: LI 8 & ST 39
LI: LI 9 & ST 37
ST: LI 10 & ST 36
Shoulder, elbow & wrist pain issues, general achines…
- View LI 11 (Pool at the Bend)
At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway between LU 5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine with LI 1, LI 2 or LI 4.
Damp Heat skin diseases, red, itchy, oozing & inflamed (hives, herpes zoster, acne), may be used with UB 40 for any skin disease.
ST Excess Issues, …
- View LI 14 (Upper Arm)
On the radial side of the upper arm, 7 cun above LI 11 at the insertion of the deltoid muscle.
Local point for pain in the shoulder and upper arm.
Weakness in the upper arms
Benefits the eyes - redness, swelling, pain.
- View LI 17 (Celestial Tripod)
On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the posterior border of the SCM.
Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" in the throat ("plum pit qi").
Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the carotid artery. The left side is used more for physical complaints and the r…
- View SI 9 (True Shoulder)
1 cun above the posterior end of the axillary fold, posterior and inferior to the shoulder joint, found with the arm ad…
Local point for shoulder and arm pain and/or movement/control issues. Motor control issues of the hand.
Wind-heat invasion - chills and fever from the common cold.
- View SI 16 (Celestial Windows)
On the lateral side of the neck, posterior to the SCM and LI 18, level with the Adam's apple.
Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat, voice issues.
Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness, pain.
Local point for neck and/or shoulder problems.
- View ST 33 (Yin Market)
With knee flexed, 3 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on 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.
Weakness, numbness, motor control issues of the leg and/or knee.
- View ST 34 (Beam Hill)
With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting with the ASIS.
Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement.
Pain, motor control, circulation issues of the knee and/or lower leg.
Excess & Acute issues of the Stomach and chest - acute Stomach pain, GERD, vomiting, acute breast pain.
- View ST 38 (Ribbon Opening)
8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.
Empirical point for shoulder issues - pain, motor control, adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder."
Local point for lower leg issues - pain, atrophy, numbness.
- View ST 42 (Surging Yang)
Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and the cuneiform bone, between the tendons of the long extensor muscles of the big…
Issues on the upper end of the channel (i.e. mouth/face/head) - upper mouth/teeth issues, toothache, deviation of the face as in bell's palsy or stroke.
Local point for foot pain - pain, swelling, redness - also motor control issues of th…
- View UB 9 (Jade Pillow)
1.3 cun lateral to GV 17 or 2.5 cun above the PHL, 1.3 cun lateral to the PML in depression level with GV 17.
Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, headaches from wind.
Occipital headaches and/or neck pain, heavy head.
Eye pain and/or redness, blurry vision.
Unbalanced temperature/sweating - cold sensation in head with sweats, …
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 "parkinson's disease (pd)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Parkinson's Disease ".