Stomach Qi Deficiency

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Stomach Qi Deficiency TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for stomach qi deficiency involve

Tongue: Pale.
Pulse: Empty.

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

Stomach Qi Deficiency is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as abdominal pain, aldosteronism (primary), anemia, anorexia nervosa, coronary artery disease, diabetes type ii, diarrhea, dysentary, epigastric pain, esophageal cancer, gastritis, heat stroke, hiccups, hyperlipidemia, indigestion, infertility, jaundice, numbness, otitis media, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) 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, stomach qi deficiency is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

  • acupuncture for epigastric pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for morning sickness - 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:

  • ST 12 (Empty Basin)
    In the midpoint of the supraclavicular fossa, 4 cun lateral…
    Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck). Neck/throat is…
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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 30 (Surging Qi)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 2.
    Upper Sea of Water & Grain Point - excess or deficient …
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  • UB 21 (Stomach Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.
    Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic…
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