Lung Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections
Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for lung qi deficiency.
Content Related to Lung Qi Deficiency
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, 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: Pale, slightly swollen.
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 qi 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 EX Huatuojiaji at T6 (Sides of Spine at T6)
.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of T6
T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of respiratory issues, asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc.. Also used for esophageal issues (more on the left side) including a supporting role in some types of reflux and other dige…
- View LI 20 (Welcome Fragrance)
In the nasolabial groove, level with the midpoint of the lateral border of the ala nasi.
Loss of smell or taste, nasal discharge, any nose a/or sinus issues, nasal polyps, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies. Often combined with LI 19 and other local points.
Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Sinus issues, often combined with LI 17 and …
- View LU 1 (Central Treasury)
6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st ICS.
Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially of Excess Type - cough, wheezing, asthma.
LU disharmonies involving Phlegm/Heat excess arising from the middle warmer - vomiting, difficult ingestion.
- View LU 2 (Cloud Gate)
6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, below the clavicle in a depression medial to the coracoid process.
Similar to LU 1 but used more often as a local shoulder point.
Cough, asthma, tension in the chest.
- View 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, chronic runny nose w/watery discharge.
Wrist pain, arm pain along meridian.
Hui Meeting Point of the Vessls - circulation issues, clarifying an indescernible pulse (for …
- View SI 11 (Celestial Gathering)
On the scapula in a depression at the center of the infrascapular fossa, found at the junction of the upper and middle …
Breast problems, mastitis, insufficient lactation, breast pain.
Emotional issues, anxiety that presents with asthma, expands and relaxes the chest, asthma generally.
Local point for channel pain within the shoulder, scapula region, elbow…
- View ST 14 (Storeroom)
4 cun lateral to the AML in the 1st ICS.
Sensation of tightness a/or fullness in the chest.
- View ST 15 (Roof)
4 cun lateral to the AML in the 2nd ICS.
Asthma, chest oppression, fullness a/or pain in the chest.
Breast pain, distention, mastitis, abscess.
General pain, heaviness and/or itching of the whole body.
- View ST 36 (Leg Three Li)
3 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.
Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood.
Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall - low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health.
- View UB 13 (Lung Shu)
1.5 cun lateral to GV 12, level with T3.
Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM perspective - tonifies LU Qi and Yin: cough, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, weakness of the voice, consumption, steaming bone disorder, etc.
- View UB 42 (Po Door)
3 cun lateral to GV 12 and UB 13, level with T3, on the spinal border of the scapula.
Reinforce the Lung Shu (UB 13) for Lung related disorders: cough, asthma, etc.
Drain heat from the Lung - cough with heat, tuberculosis.
Local point for shoulder and upper back pain and restriction.