Liver Qi Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver Qi Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for liver qi stagnation involve

Tongue: Normal.
Pulse: Wiry.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "liver qi stagnation" 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.

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, liver qi stagnation is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

  • acupuncture for abdominal pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for asthma - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for depression - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for diabetes - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for epigastric pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for eye and vision problems - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for gallstones - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for headaches - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for hypochondriac pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for irregular menstruation - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for leukorrhea - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for low back pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for menopause - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for neck pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for optic nerve atrophy - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome (pms) - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for stroke - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for tmj - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for uterine bleeding - treatment protocols
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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 T9 (Sides of Spine at T9)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T9 (Left) innervates the stomach and is used for a range of…
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  • HT 3 (Lesser Sea)
    With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital…
    Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands …
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  • HT 4 (Spirit Pathway)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fl…
    Sudden loss of voice. Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating …
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  • KD 21 (Dark Gate)
    6 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 14.
    Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functiona…
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  • LI 17 (Celestial Tripod)
    On the lateral side of the neck, 1 cun below LI 18 on the p…
    Sore throat, loss of voice, sensation of something "stuck" …
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  • LI 18 (Protuberance Assistant)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple between the sternal …
    Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi ob…
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  • SI 11 (Celestial Gathering)
    On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrasc…
    Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast p…
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  • SP 13 (Bowel Abode)
    .7 cun laterosuperior to SP 12 and 4 cun lateral to the ant…
    Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), h…
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  • SP 18 (Celestial Ravine)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline in the 4th inter-cost…
    Descends qi - chest oppression, shortness of breath, cough,…
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  • ST 9 (Man's Prognosis)
    Level with the tip of the Adam's Apple on the anterior bord…
    In ancient times the ST Qi was assessed by palpating the pu…
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  • ST 15 (Roof)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 2nd ICS.
    Asthma, chest oppression, fullness a/or pain in the chest. …
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  • ST 16 (Breast Window)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 3rd ICS.
    Chest tightness a/or pain, asthma, cough. Breast pain, abs…
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  • ST 18 (Breast Root)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 5th ICS.
    Any issues with the breasts - mastitis, pain/swelling, insu…
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  • ST 25 (Celestial Pivot)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 8.
    All intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, dysentary, …
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  • ST 26 (Outer Mound)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 7.
    Abdominal pain, bloating, hernias. Menstrual issues - dysm…
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  • ST 27 (Great Gigantic)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 5.
    Beneficial for multiple genito-urinary issues in men - impo…
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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 16 (Governing Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 10, level with T6.
    Hot a/or toxic skin conditions (esp. on the back): acne, bo…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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  • UB 31 (Upper Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum at the midpoint of the PSIS and the PML, leve…
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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