Acupuncture for Leukorrhea - Treatment Protocols

General Approaches

Acupuncture For Leukorrhea - 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 leukorrhea, one might find one or a combination of the following patterns: bladder damp heat, kidney qi deficiency, liver qi stagnation, spleen and stomach damp heat, spleen qi deficiency among many other possibilities and possible combinations.

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for leukorrhea (vaginal discharge). 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:
    • Poor diet a/or overwork - may lead to a SP deficiency which may cause an accumulation of dampness on the lower warmer.
    • KD Qi Deficiency - usually arises from multiple child-births, deficiency may lead to an accumulation of dampness in the lower warmer.
    • Excess Damp a/or LV Qi Stagnation may generate heat which may lead to abnormal dischages.
  • Differentiation:
  • LV Qi Stagnation - Excess Pattern
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Variable quantity of discharge, abdominal distention, dry mouth w/bitter taste
      • Tongue: Yellow or white coat
      • Pulse: Wiry
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • LV 2 - LV heat
      • LV 5 - resolve dampness in the genital area
      • Could add LV 8 for damp heat
  • Damp Heat - Excess Pattern
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Profuse red/yellow discharge w/strong odor, dark/painful urination, thirst, irritability, infections are possible within this differentiation
      • Tongue: Yellow, greasy coat
      • Pulse: Slippery
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • SP 9 - resolve dampness
      • UB 32 - leukorrhea
      • If Blood is present w/discharge - SP 10
  • SP Qi Deficiency
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • White discharge w/no odor, fatigue, sallow complexion, loose stools
      • Tongue: White coat, likely to be a little greasy
      • Pulse: Weak, slow
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 6 - tonify Qi, disperse cold in abdomen
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • ST 36 - tonify ST/SP
      • UB 20 - SP Shu
  • KD Qi Deficiency
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Chronic watery discharge, dark complexion, sore/weak back a/or knees, clear copious urination
      • Tongue: Pale
      • Pulse: Thin, deep
    • Treatment Points:
      • Valaskatagis Point Selection:
      • GB 26 - empirical point for leukorrhea
      • CV 3 - resolve damp excesses in the lower warmer
      • SP 6 - tonify SP, move lower warmer
      • KD 2 or KD 7 - tonify KD
      • UB 23 - KD Shu

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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