Heart Qi Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Heart Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for heart qi deficiency.

The primary diagnostic signs for heart qi deficiency involve

Tongue: Pale, possibly a midline crack down to the tip.
Pulse: Empty.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "heart qi deficiency" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Heart Qi Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as anemia, angina, arrhythmia (palpitations), cardiomyopathy (dilated), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes type ii, forgetfulness, heat stroke, impotence (erectile dysfunction), insomnia, myocardial infarction, neurasthenia, palpitations, systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) among others, often involving layered combinations of issues.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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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. To guide you towards treatment potentials, heart qi deficiency is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

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    Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. 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 7 (Spirit Gate)
    At the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi…
    Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Emo…
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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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