Lung Dryness

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Lung Dryness TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for lung dryness.

Lung Dryness is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as bronchiectasis, cough, tracheobronchitis, and/or wheezing (dyspnea).

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: Dry.
Pulse: Empty, possibly Floating.

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, lung dryness 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 LU 3 (Celestial Storehouse)

        3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goiters, swellings in the neck. Lung related spirit disharmonies - stress induced asthma, poor memory, fuzzy/muddled thinking, depression, "floating corpse ghost talk", "melancholy cr…
  • View LU 6 (Collection Hole)

        7 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 and LU 9.

        Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usually wind-heat or wind-dry - cough, wheezing, asthma, sore throat. Dry hacking cough, especially at night. Local point for pain along the meridian, especially at the joints.
  • View LU 10 (Fish Border)

        On the radial aspect of the 1st metacarpal at the midpoint of the bone at the junction of the red and white skin.

        Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Channel and Organ. Sore throat w/excess heat. Reckless bleeding from heat.

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