Sciatica

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Sciatica Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for sciatica. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "sciatica" is rarely designed with the resulting "sciatica" 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, "sciatica", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - kidney qi deficiency, kidney yang deficiency, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver blood deficiency, liver wind among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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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 sciatica are described in our acupuncture protocol page - "acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum issues (3rd trimester) " .

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 L4 (Sides of Spine at L4)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L4 innervates the large intestine and is used for a range o…
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  • EX Huatuojiaji at L5 (Sides of Spine at L5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    L5 innervates the descending colon and is used for the enti…
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  • UB 32 (Second Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum medial and inferior to the PSIS, level with t…
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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  • UB 36 (Support)
    On posterior side of the thigh at the midpoint of the infer…
    Low back pain/sciatica where pain runs down the posterior a…
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  • UB 37 (Gate of Abundance)
    6 cun below UB 36 on a line joining UB 36 and UB 40.
    Strenghtens the spine and alleviates pain - low back pain, …
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  • UB 38 (Superficial Cleft)
    1 cun above UB 39 on the medial side of the tendon of bicep…
    Similar functions to the bladder points on the sacrum and l…
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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 "sciatica", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Sciatica ".

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