Large Intestine Damp Heat

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Large Intestine Damp Heat TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for large intestine damp heat.

Large Intestine Damp Heat is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as appendicitis, balanitis, colon cancer, crohn's disease, dysentary, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), and/or leukemia.

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Treatment approaches are often 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.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

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, large intestine damp heat is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:

Related Acupuncture Points

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:

  • View LI 1 (Metal Yang)

        .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial side of the index finger.

        Jing Well Point, for heat, pain, stagnation, especially at the opposite end of the channel, for eye and ear pain and inflammation, toothache. Bleed for high fever, coma  
  • View LI 3 (Third Space)

        On the radial side of the index finger, proximal to the head of the 2nd metacarpal bone.

        Expel wind and heat particularly from the throat, teeth, mouth, face and eyes. Diarrhea.  
  • 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 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 SP 4 (Yellow Emperor)

        In a depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st metatarsal bone at the junction of the red and white skin.

        Excess pathologies of the ST and Intestines - severe abdominal a/or epigastric pain, dysentery, food poisoning. Gynecological and Abdominal issues due to stagnation of Qi and Blood - masses, fibroids, cysts, irregular menstruation. With …
  • View SP 15 (Great Horizontal)

        4 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus (CV 8) lateral to rectus abdominus.

        Regulate the Qi of the Intestines - constipation, diarrhea (ST 25 better for diarrhea), abdominal pain and distention.
  • View SP 16 (Abdominal Lament)

        3 cun above SP 15 and 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline (CV 11).

        Aids intestinal issues by clearing heat in the intestines and resolving dampness - as well as generally moving the intestines. Noted for undigested food in the stool. Abdominal pain, dysentery, blood in the stool.
  • View ST 22 (Pass Gate)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 11.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, gurgling in the stomach/intestines (boborygmus). Diarrhea, constipation, poor appetite. Edema. Useful for bedwetting with HT 7 and UB 40 or LU 1 and HT 7 (deadman text).
  • View ST 25 (Celestial Pivot)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 8.

        All intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, dysentary, distention, pain, masses/accumulations of any type. Irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, fibroids/cysts, fertility issues and leukorrhea. Connects the Upper and Lower Wa…
  • View UB 25 (Large Intestine Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 3, level with L4.

        Main point for low back pain especially when related to constipation a/or menstruation. Combine with local points such as GV 3, UB 26, Shiqizhui (between L5 and S1), UB 31, UB 32, GB 30 & distal points such as GB 34, GB 39, GB 41, UB 4…
  • View UB 27 (Small Intestine Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with 1st PSF.

        Main point for all Small Intestine related issues. Damp heat effecting the bladder (difficult or painful urination, hematuria, dark urine). Damp heat effecting the intestines (diarrhea, hemorrhoids, dysentary). Other lower warmer discha…
  • View UB 28 (Bladder Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with 2nd PSF.

        Main point for all Bladder issues: from damp heat (painful a/or dark urination), from cold (frequent urination, incontinence). For damp-heat anywhere in the body, combine with SP 9 to expel dampness through urination - diarrhea, constipat…
  • View 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, sciatic pain, local hamstring, thigh, leg pain. Also used for watery diarrhea.
  • View UB 39 (Bend Yang)

        Lateral to UB 40 on the medial border of the tendon of biceps femoris.

        Harmonize the triple warmer, damp heat conditions effecting the lower warmer: disperse for difficult urination, tonify for urinary incontinence. Frees the channel - lumbar pain, lower intestinal distention, hemorrhoids. Swellings in the …

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