Acupuncture for Diarrhea - Treatment Protocols

General Approaches

Acupuncture For Diarrhea - Treatment Protocols

Acupuncture treatment protocols are generally directed towards the deeper root of a persons set of health issues, not at each individual issue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treatment is generally directed towards the individuals diagnostic pattern(s) and their primary issue is only a part of the information required to approach the correct patterns to treat (see "treating the cause vs. the symptoms" for an introduction to this process.).

In designing an acupuncture protocol for diarrhea, one might find one or a combination of the following patterns: kidney yang deficiency, large intestine damp heat, liver and gallbladder damp heat, spleen yang deficiency among many other possibilities and possible combinations.

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for diarrhea. There are many ways to approach the treatment of this condition within TCM. Our presentation describes foundational approaches that would need to be further tailored in most cases to be effective for a given individual.

  • Etiology & Pathology:
    • 2 Major Factors:
      1. Cold - generally a direct strike or from Yang Deficiency.
      2. Damp - effecting the ST/SP fluid transformation/ascension leading to loose stools (damp-heat is also common).
    • 2 Major Organ Deficiencies Involved:
      • SP Deficiency (can arise from LV Excess overacting on SP) - transforms and transports body fluids, raises and ascends the Qi.
      • KD Deficiency - controls the lower orifices, role in transforming body fluids and as the pilot light to the SP.
    • Etiology:
    • Differentiation:

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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