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Some of the Acupoints Used To Resolve Sore Throat Symptoms

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Sore throat like the common cold or an allergic reaction is the result and symptom of an infection. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), sore throats can come about due to various factors (dryness, wind, and heat). A TCM practitioner uses a combination of acupoints to quell the symptoms and target the underlying cause of the problem. If you are interested in acupuncture treatment, you need to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask him for referrals for a well qualified practitioner.

Meridians and Acupuncture Points

According to TCM, the body possesses a vital energy called chi, flowing internally throughout it through energy channels known as meridians. Each meridian is associated to a specific internal organ that dictates the meridian’s pathway and purpose. Activating specific points along a meridian may lead to a restoration of balance in a malfunctioning organ, which results in harmony in the entire body. Each acupoint has a different function although there are points that may provide multiple functions and may also be associated with more than one organ system. Acupuncture treatments use a combination of points for treatment of a certain condition. Acupuncture treatment for sore throat Cleveland is no exception. Selected acupoints for sore throat include those that promote moisture, clear heat, and address the underlying root problems.

Sore throats can be red upon examination which signifies heat condition in traditional Chinese medicine theory. Acupoints Lung 10 & 11 (Lu 10 and Lu 11) are treated to alleviate painful blockages in the throat and clear heat. Lu 11 is found near the base of the thumbnail and can be pricked to allow drops of blood flow to remove heat. Another point LI 1 or large intestine point 1 located near the tail of the index finger’s nail is also pricked to draw out heat and help alleviate sore throat discomfort.

Points for Dryness

Stuffy nose can result from a sinus congestion forcing one to breathe through the mouth. A dry throat and mouth can be the end result. For this particular problem, your acupuncturist can use a combination of points that enhance moisture and alleviate the soreness, while at the same time aid in the normalization of mucosal fluid and the drainage of the sinuses. Large Intestine 4, and Lung 7 and 11 can treat symptoms related to head colds and congestion. Needling the points Kidney 6, Spleen 6 and Conception Vessel 12 can help increase moisture and normalize body fluids.

Local Acupoints

Acupoints along the throat and neck (LI 8 and 17) can treat swallowing difficulty and alleviate soreness. Treating Conception vessel 22 can resolve voice loss, pain and phlegm in the throat.

Written by Valerie

September 26th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

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