The Stomach Luo-connecting channel explains, to acupuncturists, why Stomach 40, Fenglong, is so often useful.
November 6, 2019
Although it’s a secondary channel, where the Stomach Luo-connecting channelgoes 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!
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 Stomach Luo connecting channel
Symptoms of ….
Fullness: states alternating from manic ‘fire-excess’ symptoms to withdrawal and cutting-off
Emptiness: shin flesh and muscles, especially those at the front, emaciate or lose their substance. Feet musculature loses its 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.
Counter-flow Qi (ie Qi not flowing its ‘natural’ way, in this case, downwards): so throat pain or blockage, and loss of voice – aphasia.
Wind: dislike of cold, with fever, sore throat, swelling of tonsils, and aching jaw (alternatively, paralysis or numbness of the face)
Damp: dislike of cold, with fever. Nausea and vomiting. Feeling of heaviness in the epigastrium; swollen neck glands.