Hypochondriac Rib Pain

Acupuncture point treatment

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Hypochondriac pain

One or both sides of the torso have pain.

Western medicine hepatitis, Gallbladder pleura infections, intercostals neuralgia (more common in women)

TCM controlled by Liver (Qi stagnation, emotions), may also be caused by injury or Blood Stasis, Damp/Heat i.e. jaundice, poor diet, or Liver Yin deficiency.



Liver Qi stagnation, Blood Stasis, Damp/Heat

P/T soothe Liver Gallbladder to remove stagnation from Jing Luo

Acupuncture sedate, foot jueyin and shaoyang, LR 14, 3, SJ 6, GB 34 (soothe Liver Gallbladder), ST 36

- nausea Ren 12

- Blood Stasis BL 17, SP 6, 21

- Damp/Heat PC 6, Ren 12, ST 44


Yin deficiency, intermittent dull pain that is worse with activity and fatigue

P/T nourish Yin, soothe Liver

Acupuncture tonify and sedate, foot jueyin, Shu, BL 18, 23, LR 14 & 2 (soothe Liver Qi, deficient Heat),

ST 36 & SP 6 (Produce Qi and blood)

- dizziness Du 20, GB 20



Alternative treatment methods

auricular LR, GB, shenmen, chest, medium to strong stimulation

injection Hua Tou Jia Ji with corresponding painful ribs, keep needle just above where sensation occurs and inject vitamin B12 or 10% glucose

electro add to points chosen, continuous mild frequency, 10-15 minutes

7 star on ashi points (Blood Stasis) then cup, also try scrapping


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