Liver And Gallbladder Damp Heat

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver And Gallbladder Damp Heat TCM Pattern Connections

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

Liver And Gallbladder Damp Heat is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as alcoholic liver disease, alcoholism, athlete's foot (tinea pedis), chronic cholecystitis, coma, cystitis, dermatitis, eczema, epilepsy (seizure), gallstones (cholelithiasis), gastritis, gastroenteritis, gingivitis, gonorrhea, hepatitis (b or c), herpes, hypercortisolism, hypochondriac pain, impotence (erectile dysfunction), insomnia, leukemia, leukorrhea, morning sickness, mumps, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, prostatitis, pyelonephritis, raynaud's disease, rheumatoid arthritis (ra), sciatica, scleroderma, spermatorrhea, thyroiditis, tonsillitis, toothache, tremor, trigeminal neuralgia, and/or urinary tract infection (uti).

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.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Red w/yellow sticky coat.
Pulse: Slippery, wiry, rapid.

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, liver and gallbladder damp heat is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

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 EX Huatuojiaji at T10 (Sides of Spine at T10)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T10

        T10 (Left) innervates the gall bladder and is used for issues such as gallstones, high cholesterol and other digestive issues. T10 (Right) innervates the bile duct and is used for gallbladder/bile duct related issues. Used extensively wi…
  • 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 SI 4 (Wrist Bone)

        On the ulnar side of the palm in a depression between the base of the 5th metacarpal joint and the hamate bone.

        Local point for shoulder, arm, hand and wrist problems particularly along the course of the meridian. Useful point to treat problems with all fingers - contracture, pain, swelling, stiffness. Headache, neck pain. Jaundice.  
  • View SP 9 (Yin Mound Spring)

        On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia in the depression posterior and inferior to the medial condyle o…

        He Sea point - drains dampness (generally through urination), LV 8 will drain damp from the genital region and SP 9 will drain damp from the lower warmer. Chronic yeast infections, candida. Damp Bi, Medial Knee Pain. Issues involving da…
  • 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 2 (Four Whites)

        Below the pupil, in a depression at the infraorbital foramen.

        Any eye problem - red, painful and/or itchy eyes, excessive lacrimation, twitching of the eyelids. Facial paralysis. Good alternative to ST 1 and safer to needle for those not properly trained.
  • View ST 19 (Not Contained)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 14.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting (rebellious stomach qi). Gastric pain, gall bladder issues. Anorexia, poor appetite.
  • View ST 20 (Assuming Fullness)

        2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 13.

        Abdominal pain, bloating, hiccups, gastric pain, vomiting. Anorexia, poor appetite, diarrhea. Shortness of breath, wheezing.
  • 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 1 (Bright Eyes)

        In a depression, .1 cun above the inner canthus of the eye.

        Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (internal or external), excess, a/or heat. Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc. Myopia, color blindness, night blindness. Glaucoma, optic nerv…
  • View UB 2 (Bamboo Gathering)

        On the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner canthus of the eye (on the supraorbital notch).

        Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. Red, itchy, watery eyes - allergies. Use in facial massage for headaches with GB 20, ST 8, LI 4, and UB 60. Glaucoma, night blindness, blurry and/or weak vision. Generally, needle towards…
  • View UB 19 (Gallbladder Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 7, level with T10.

        Shao Yang level diseases, alternating fever and chills. Main point for damp heat in the Liver and Gall Bladder: hepatitis, cholecystitis, jaundice, vomiting, flank pain and distension, bitter taste in the mouth. Often combined with the LV…

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