Sore Throat

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Sore Throat Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for sore throat. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "sore throat" is rarely designed with the resulting "sore throat" 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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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 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 Shang Lian Quan (On The Neck)
    1 cun below midpoint of lower jaw, in the depression betwee…
    Local issues in the area - sore throat, congestion, difficu…
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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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  • KD 1 (Gushing Spring)
    On sole, in depression with foot in plantar flexion, at the…
    Descends excess from above, useful for LV Yang Rising or LV…
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  • KD 2 (Blazing Valley)
    Anterior and Inferior to the medial malleolus in a depressi…
    Generally useful for clearing excesses & acute presenta…
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  • KD 3 (Great Ravine)
    In depression midway between the tip of the medial malleolu…
    Tonify KD Qi, Yin or Yang Deficiencies from any etiology. …
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  • KD 6 (Shining Sea)
    In a depression below the tip of the medial malleolus.
    Sore throat from any etiology, especially empty heat from y…
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  • LI 2 (Second Space)
    On the radial side of the index finger distal to the 2nd me…
    Shown to increase saliva production and to effect the areas…
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  • LI 3 (Third Space)
    On the radial side of the index finger, proximal to the hea…
    Expel wind and heat particularly from the throat, teeth, mo…
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  • LI 17 (Celestial Tripod)
    On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the p…
    Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" …
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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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  • LU 10 (Fish Border)
    On the radial aspect of the 1st metacarpal at the midpoint …
    Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Channel and Org…
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  • LU 11 (Lesser Shang)
    .1 cun posterior to the thumb nail on the radial side.
    Extreme sore throat (may bleed point to reduce heat). Revi…
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  • SI 1 (Lesser Marsh)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the ulnar sid…
    Breast disorders of any etiology, insufficient lactation, m…
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  • SI 2 (Front Valley)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the crease, …
    Local point for pain, swelling, numbness of the fingers.  A…
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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 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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  • SI 17 (Celestial Countenance)
    Posterior to the angle of the mandible in a depression on t…
    Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are…
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  • ST 9 (Man's Prognosis)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple on the anterior bord…
    In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpating the pu…
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  • ST 10 (Water Prominence)
    Midway between ST 9 and ST 11 at the anterior border of the…
    Local point - swollen/sore throat, shortness of breath, goi…
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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 40 (Beautiful Bulge)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two f…
    Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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  • ST 45 (Severe Mouth)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the lateral s…
    Release heat a/or move stagnation from the channel and orga…
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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 "sore throat", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Sore Throat ".

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