Stomach Luo-Connecting Channel
Although it's a secondary channel, where the Stomach Luo-connectiong channel goes explains to acupuncturists why the acupuncture point Fenglong, Stomach 40, is so useful.
Note to readers! ...
This page is a bit abstruse if you're a beginner. It's not that the words are any, or at least, much, more difficult than on other pages, but this is about a subject usually taught some way into acupuncture courses.
So some of the concepts need your familiarity with other ideas in Chinese medicine.
Actually, I did this page, and other luo-connecting channel pages, for a few insistent patients, and for me.
It means I can look up both the channel and its symptoms on my smartphone in case I forget them!
If it helps others, great.
For more information about this type of acupuncture channel, click on luo-connecting channels.
Pathway of the Stomach Luo-connecting channel
- The Stomach Luo channel commences at Fenglong, Stomach 40, on the leg, lateral to the shin-bone.
- It joins the primary channel of its Earth partner, the Spleen.
- Separately, it extends up the leg, across the torso, to the nape of the neck.
- From the neck it flows to the throat.
- From the neck it also joins up with other channels and enters the head.
- Symptoms of Fullness: states alternating between manic 'fire-excess' symptoms to withdrawal and cutting-off
- Symptoms of Emptiness: shin flesh and muscles, especially those at the front, emaciate or lose substance. Feet musculature loses tone and shape. As with all conditions of emptiness like this, other points - often local to the condition - along the primary channel may be needed to direct the Qi to where it is needed.
- Symptoms of counter-flow Qi (ie Qi not flowing its 'natural' way, in this case, downwards): throat pain or blockage, and loss of voice - aphasia.
- Symptoms of Wind: dislike of cold, with fever, sore throat, swelling of tonsils, and aching jaw (alternatively, paralysis or numbness of the face)
- Symptoms of Damp: dislike of cold, with fever. Nausea and vomiting. Feeling of heaviness in the epigastrium; swollen neck glands.
- Symptoms of Cold: pain, vomiting, severe epigastric pain
- For more, see Stomach 40.
- The Stomach luo pathway explains its potential:
- Calming point for mental/emotional stress, including mania
- Clears phlegm from the head, as in mental confusion and anxiety, but also the foggy state you feel during a bad cold, AND the actual phlegm-catarrh you get that blocks your nose and sinuses
- A good point for use where you've lost your voice, especially if from emotions or anxiety affecting the Stomach
- Pain in the neck associated with Stomach channel problems
- A useful point for phlegm causing neck-area glandular swellings, as in the thyroid in goitre, if the Stomach channel or Stomach and Spleen zang-fu are involved
Links to Luo-connecting channels
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Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine
Yuck! Phlegm!: How to Clear Your Phlegm Using Ideas from Chinese Medicine (Chinese Medicine in English Book 4)
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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