Lung Qi Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Lung Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for lung qi deficiency involve

Tongue: Pale, slightly swollen.
Pulse: Empty.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "lung qi deficiency" 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.

Lung Qi Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as bedwetting, bronchitis, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cough, diabetes type ii, emphysema, heat stroke, hypotension (low blood pressure), incontinence, lung cancer, pneumothorax, systemic lupus erythematosus (sle), tinnitus, tonsillitis, wheezing (dyspnea) among others, often involving layered combinations of issues.

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, lung qi deficiency is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

  • acupuncture for asthma - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for cough - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for lung and respiratory related issues
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  • acupuncture for tinnitus - 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 T6 (Sides of Spine at T6)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of respirator…
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  • LI 20 (Welcome Fragrance)
    In the nasolabial groove, level with the midpoint of the la…
    Loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, any nose a/or sinu…
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  • LU 1 (Central Treasury)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st I…
    Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially …
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  • LU 2 (Cloud Gate)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, below the clavicle i…
    Similar to LU 1 but used more often as a local shoulder poi…
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  • LU 9 (Great Abyss)
    At the wrist crease on the radial side of the radial artery.
    Tonify LU Qi and Yin - cough, asthma, wheezing, SOB, chroni…
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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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  • ST 14 (Storeroom)
    4 cun lateral to the AML in the 1st ICS.
    Cough. Sensation of tightness a/or fullness in the chest.
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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 36 (Leg Three Li)
    3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood. Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overa…
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  • UB 13 (Lung Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 12, level with T3.
    Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM perspecti…
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  • UB 42 (Po Door)
    3 cun lateral to GV 12 and UB 13, level with T3, on the spi…
    Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: …
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