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Heart Pattern Differentiation and Treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine


The Fire element in TCM is governed by the heart, and small intestine. We, as acupuncturists consider the heart as the most important of all of the organs.  Some of the heart's functions are closely related to Western medicine's thought in which it controls and regulates the flow of blood throughout the body, creates healthy tissue by blood flow, a warm body, and a regular pulse.  It also supplies us with vim, and vigor.  Ancient texts also state that the heart houses the Shen.  Shen according to TCM is known as psyche, mind, or spirit.  The heart is the residence of the mind.  Balanced Shen can be seen in the bright, shining, clearness of the eyes in men, women, and children that are in good spirits, and experiencing joy in their lives.  When Shen is out of balance, mental activity, consciousness, memory, thinking and sleep are affected.   The heart and small intestine are the most alive, active, and accessible to health, healing and development in sweet summertime. All around us gardens are blossoming and bearing fruit.  According to the ancient writings of Chinese medicine, The Inner Classic, this time of year expresses the Yang principles-expansion, growth, outward activity, lightness, and creativity.  The heart and small intestine are the organs that we can create more balance in every summer.  Each season has a profound influence on our health and well-being.  If we do not learn to flow with the change of the seasons, as nature does, illness can occur.  According to an Article by Middlekauff HR in Cardio/ Rev 2004 May-June, 12(3); 171-3, written about Acupuncture and the Heart;  Research has shown that acupuncture can improve the health of patients who experience severe heart problems by dramatically reducing the activity in the sympathetic nervous system that regulates heartbeat and blood pressure.  The study conducted through the Los Angeles School of Medicine suggests that acupuncture can be used "successfully with long-range results in improving hypertension, and it may also be beneficial in lowering sympathetic nerve activity."  Over activation of the sympathetic nervous system is common with patients  who suffer from heart problems.  Over time, this may cause the heart to work harder, forcing blood to flow through blood vessels that are constricted due to heightened nerve activity.  The study showed that sympathetic nerve activation was significantly reduced in those individuals who received acupuncture care compared to those who received a placebo.  The lead physician in the study, Dr. Middlekauff suggests "that more study is needed before acupuncture can be recommended, but acupuncture has been used successfully and with long-range results in balancing hypertension, and it may also be beneficial in lowering sympathetic nerve activity."  Integrating natural modalities in a health retreat that incorporates the acupoints, meridians, foods, essential oils, teas, exercises, and a healthy environment will benefit anyone with a Western diagnosis of : Cardiac failure, Cardiac disease, Arrhythmia, Reactive depression(neurosis), or Coronary Arteriosclerosis which are Heart Qi Deficiency patterns in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).  We can also balance anyone with a Western diagnosis of Anemia, Arrhythmia, Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism, Neurosis, Tachycardia which are Heart Yin Deficiency Patterns.  Also, if you have a Western Diagnosis of Aesthenia, Anemia, Neurosis, Hyperthyroidism we can balance your heart using the integrated health system for Heart Blood Deficiency Pattern available in TCM.  If you have a Western diagnosis of Cardiac Insufficiency, Cardiac Failure, Coronary arteriosclerosis, Depressive neurosis, shock, or Angina, we can work on the TCM pattern called Heart Yang Deficiency.  For anyone with a Western diagnosed tongue ulcer condition, we can work on the TCM pattern of Hyperactivity of Heart Fire. For anyone with a Western Diagnosis of Angina, Coronary artery disease, Myocardial infarction, or Pericarditis we can work on the TCM pattern associated with Heart Blood Stagnation.  For anyone with a Western medical diagnosis of Manic or Hypo-manic Psychosis, Schizophrenia, or Neurosis, we can work on the TCM pattern Phlegm Fire Disturbs Heart.  And, for anyone with a Western diagnosis of Acute cerebrovascular accident, Depressive psychosis, or Encephalitis, we can work on the TCM pattern called Cold Phlegm Misting The Heart.  Seasonal Health Retreats in the Summer are the best time to tonify or decrease excess energy in your heart and small intestine, so these vital organs can function in balance.  It is important to understand that as the seasons flow within the world, they also flow within all of us.


To treat Heart Qi Deficiency with TCM we use the Treatment Principle of Reinforcing and Strengthening the Heart Qi. Honey-Fried Licorice Decoction or Nourish the Heart Decoction are the formula's we use. And, the acupuncture points we use are Heart - 7, Pericardium - 6, Ren - 6, 14, and 17, Stomach - 36, and Urinary Bladder - 15. 

To treat Heart Yin Deficiency with TCM we use the Treatment Principle of Nourishing Yin, Clearing Heat, Reinforcing the Heart, and Calming the Shen.  Reinforce Heart Decoction, Biota Seed  Pill to Nourish the Heart, or Emperor of Heaven Special Pill to Tonify the Heart are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are:  Heart - 7, Pericardium - 6, 7, Ren - 14, Urinary Bladder - 15. 

To treat Heart Blood Deficiency with TCM we use the Treatment Principle Of Nourishing Heart Blood, and Calming the Heart and Shen.  Tang Kuei Decoction To Tonify the Blood, Restore the Spleen Decoction, Nourish the Heart Decoction, or Biota Seed Pill to Nourish the Heart are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are: Heart - 7, Pericardium - 6, Spleen - 4, Pericardium - 7, Ren - 4, 14, Stomach - 36, Spleen - 1,6, Urinary Bladder - 15, 17, 20, and 44.

To treat Heart Yang Deficiency with TCM we use the Treatment Principle of Warming the Yang, Tonifying Heart Qi, and Relieving Collapse.  Cinnamon Twig, Licorice, Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction, or Ginseng, and Prepared Aconite Decoction are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are  Du - 4, 25, Heart - 3, 5, 7, 8, Pericardium - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Ren - 14, 17, Spleen - 6, Stomach - 36, Urinary Bladder - 15.

To treat Hyperactivity of Heart Fire with TCM we use the Treatment Principle of Clearing Heat, Purging Fire, and Calming the Shen. Guide Out The Red Powder, Three Yellow Purge Heart Decoction, Cape Jasmine Fruit and Honeysuckle Decoction, Cinnabar Pill to Calm the Spirit, and Coptis and Ass-Hide Gelatine Decoction are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are:  Heart - 7, 8, Pericardium - 7, 8, and Urinary Bladder - 15. 

To treat Heart Blood Stagnation with TCM we use the Treatment Principle of Clearing Yang and Transforming Stagnation.  Trishosanthis Fruit, Chinese Chive and Wine Decoction  and Drive Out Stasis In The Mansion Of Blood Decoction are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are:  Heart - 6, 7, Pericardium - 5, 6, 7, 8, Ren - 14, 17, Spleen - 6, Urinary Bladder - 14, 15, 17, 44. 

To treat Phlegm Fire Disturbs Heart with TCM we use the Treatment Principles of Clearing Heart Fire, Resolving Phlegm, and Calming the Mind.  Pinellia, Atractylodes, Macrocephala and Gastrodia Decoction are the formula's we use.  And, the acupuncture points we use are:  Heart - 7, 8, Liver - 3, Pericardium - 6, 7, 8, Ren - 14, Spleen - 6, and Urinary Bladder - 15.

To treat Cold Phlegm Misting The Heart with TCM we use the Treatment Principles of Eliminating Phlegm, Opening the Heart, Restoring Consciousness, Strengthening the Spleen, and Subduing Wind if Present.  Guide Out Phlegm Decoction, Scour Phlegm Decoction, and Pinellia, Atractylodes, Macrocephalae and Gastrodia Decoction are the formula's we use.  And the acupuncture points we use are:  Du - 20, 26, Kidney - 1, Liver - 3, Stomach - 40, and bleeding the jing well points on the six hand channels to clear heat for the even method.  And, using Du - 15, Large Intestine - 4, 11, Heart - 5, Pericardium - 5, 6, and Urinary bladder - 20 as the reducing method for Mania.