Tennis Elbow

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Tennis Elbow" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for tennis elbow.

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "tennis elbow" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "tennis elbow" - 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.

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 LI 9 (Upper Ridge)

        3 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 Local point for shoulder, elbow, and arm pain. Stagnati…
  • 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 12 (Elbow Bone Hole)

        With the elbow flexed, on the radial side of the upper arm 1 cun above LI 11 at the border of the humerus (1 cun supero…

        Local point for pain in the elbow and/or upper arm, tennis elbow.  
  • View LI 13 (Arm Five Li)

        3 cun above LI 11 on the LI 15 to LI 11 line.

        Local point for pain in the elbow and upper arm. Difficulty breathing, cough, vomiting of blood. Scrofula  
  • View LU 5 (Cubit Marsh)

        At the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin conditions, phlegm-heat excess. Acute/Chronic or Exterior/Interior Conditions. Upper body edema, enuresis. Local point for the elbow - tendonitis, tennis elbow. Classically no…
  • View ST 12 (Empty Basin)

        In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

        Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck). Neck/throat issues - tightness/pain. Cough, counterflow qi, sore, swollen throat (rebellious lung qi). Internal branch of the ST meridian connects here directly from the Stomach, Spleen & …

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 "tennis elbow", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Tennis Elbow ".

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