Spleen Qi Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Spleen Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for spleen qi deficiency involve

Tongue: Pale, swollen w/teethmarks.
Pulse: Empty.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "spleen 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.

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

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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:

  • SI 6 (Nursing the Aged)
    Dorsal to the head of the ulna in the body cleft on the rad…
    Acute and Severe Pain, in the neck, shoulder a/or arms. Us…
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  • SP 3 (Supreme White)
    Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsalphal…
    SP Qi and Yang Deficiency, especially those with excess pat…
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  • SP 5 (Shang Hill)
    In a depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus…
    Tonifies the spleen and resolves dampness - lethargy, desir…
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  • SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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  • ST 21 (Beam Gate)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 12.
    Tonifies Middle Warmer, assists CV 12. Epigastric pain, ac…
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  • ST 31 (Thigh Joint)
    On 2 lines connecting the ASIS and the superiolateral corne…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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  • ST 32 (Crouching Rabbit)
    6 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on t…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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  • ST 33 (Yin Market)
    With knee flexed, 3 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/…
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  • ST 34 (Beam Hill)
    With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement. P…
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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 20 (Spleen Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 6, level with T11.
    Main point for all Spleen problems from a TCM perspective o…
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