Back Pain Protocols

CatsTCMNotes.com - Master Tung points for back pain protocols - upper, middle, low back pain, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, sciatic painYour point selection for back pain protocols should be based on the location of the pain (upper, mid, lower, etc.), the channel the pain is located on, and imaging.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of how to treat back pain. If you really want to learn this stuff and learn it well, go to eLotus and take their Master Tung Certification courses. Well worth the time and money!

Upper Back Pain

Location/nature Point Selections
 On Du Channel Fexin Erjiaoming 11.11
If Heart related Heart Normal 11.19
add or use on its’ own
Pain in the spine Heart Knee

 

Mid Back Pain

Location/nature Point Selections
Mid thoracic area

*Lv 6 is on the posterior margin
of the tibia in Master Tung Land,
not on the bone.

Combine these points:

1. Gan Men or Liver Gate
2. Gb 34
3. Lv 6*
4. Shen Guan

Mid back and T10-L2 area Scholar Three Needles
If Heart related Heart Normal 11.19
add or use on its’ own
Pain in the spine Heart Knee

 

Lower Back Pain and Sciatic Pain

Location/nature of pain Point Selections
UB channel**
  1. Ling Gu and Da Bai*
    opposite side of the pain
  2. Ub 40, Ub 63, Ub 65
    same side as the pain
 

GB channel**

  1. Ling Gu and Da Bai*
    opposite side of the pain
  2. Gb 34, Gb 36, Gb 39
    same side as the pain
ST channel**
  1. Ling Gu and Da Bai*
    opposite side of the pain
  2. St 34, St 36, St 44
    same side as the pain
Du channel Fexin Erjiaoming 11.12
Finger Spine Needles
T10 – L2 area, Kidney area Scholar Three Needles
L5/Sacral joint pain Straight Spine Needles
San Cha 1, 2, A04
Deformity related pain Straight Spine Needles
Chronic pain Straight Spine Needles
Pain due to bone spurs Straight Spine Needles
Ling Gu and Da Bai
Sciatica and/or low back pain Palm Three Needles
Tu Shui
Double Son / Double Fairy
Palm Three Passes
Control the Spine
San Cha 1, 2, A04
Zhongbai, Xiebai

*Pain on a single side:
Needle Ling Gu and Da Bai on the side opposite to the pain and the Bl or Gb points on the same side. Retain 30 min.

*Pain on both sides:
Needle Ling Gu and Da Bai on the left side first for men, right side first for women. Needle the opposite side Bl or Gb points then switch sides and repeat. Retain 30 min.

**You might not need the Stomach channel options often, but they are handy for piriformis syndrome, which is sciatic pain but without the lumbar involvement. Both sciatica and piriformis syndrome can manifest as pain on the anterior thigh and Stomach channel of the lower leg.

Herbs to Consider for Low Back, Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome

Low back pain:

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

Herniated disc:

Kang Gu Zheng
Evergreen’s Back Support (HD)

Sciatica and piriformis syndrome: Zu Gu Zhi Tong Pian

Zu Gu Zhi Tong Pian
Yao Tong Pian

General pain relief:

Evergreen’s Herbal Analgesic

Pain from trauma:

Evergreen’s Traumanex.

This is an old Shaolin Temple formula from old writings and martial arts. Actually, Traumanex, like Great Mender, will work for any kind of acute hard or soft tissue injuries.

You can combine this with any of the appropriate Evergreen Back Support formulas. Back Support (Acute), Back Support (Chronic) and Back Support (HD) are available.

Pain with neuropathy:

Evergreen’s Flex (NP)

Pain with evidence of bone spurs:

Evergreen’s Flex (Spur)
This can also be used after surgical bone spur removal to keep bony overgrowths from recurring.


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