Liver Blood Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver Blood Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

Liver Blood Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as alopecia, anemia, astigmatism, bone spur, cataracts, glaucoma, gout, leukemia, numbness, sciatica, and/or scleroderma.

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: Pale, thin, dry.
Pulse: Thin, choppy.

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 blood deficiency 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 GB 37 (Bright Light)

        5 cun above the tip of the external malleolus on the anterior border of the fibula

        Eye issues, especially LV related - redness, itching, blurry vision, night blindness, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts. Lower leg, calf a/or foot problems - dropped foot, edema, atrophy, obstruction. Headaches effecting the region around t…
  • View UB 18 (Liver Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.

        Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - physical and psycho-emotional. Physical liver issues such as - hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis.  Generalized blood stagnation, qi stagnation, etc. Brightens the eyes - important p…

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