Anal Itchingaccording to TCM

What is Anal Itching?

Anal itching, medically known as pruritus ani, is a common condition characterized by an uncomfortable, often intense itching sensation around the anus. This symptom can be persistent and is frequently associated with skin irritation and discomfort. Causes of anal itching vary widely, from dermatological issues and infections to more systemic conditions like digestive disorders. The symptom can significantly impact the quality of life, leading to discomfort and distress, and prompting individuals to seek medical evaluation for relief.

How Does TCM View Anal Itching?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), anal itching is viewed through a lens of holistic balance and energy flow within the body. Contrasting with Western medicine's focus on local factors, TCM considers anal itching as a symptom of underlying imbalances in the body's systems.

These imbalances might include disharmonies in the flow of Qi (vital energy), the presence of internal Dampness or Heat, or imbalances in the Yin and Yang energies. TCM emphasizes the importance of diagnosing and treating these root causes to alleviate the symptom effectively.

Acupoints for Anal Itching

TCM employs specific acupoints to address anal itching, targeting the underlying imbalances causing the symptom. In the Bladder Channel, Baihuanshu BL-30 is a key acupoint, located at the level of the 4th posterior sacral foramen. This point is known for benefiting the anus and strengthening the lower back and legs.

Another important point is Erbai Ex-UE-2 in the Extra Points: Upper Extremities. Located on the forearm, this point is effective in treating hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse, conditions often associated with anal itching. Additionally, Huantiao GB-30 in the Gall Bladder Channel, situated near the great trochanter, is used for removing obstructions from the channel and resolving Dampness and expelling Wind. These acupoints are part of a comprehensive TCM approach that focuses on restoring balance and alleviating discomfort.

Explore below some acupoints used to address anal itching, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
  • Gall Bladder Channel
Baihuanshu BL-30

Baihuanshu BL-30

At the level of the 4th posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.

Erbai Ex-UE-2

Erbai Ex-UE-2

A pair of points on the palmar aspect of the forearm, 4 cun proximal to the wrist joint space (most distal wrist crease), on either side of the tendon of the flexor carpi radialis muscle.

Huantiao GB-30

Huantiao GB-30

At the junction of the middle and lateral third of the distance between the great trochanter and Yaoshu DU-2 of the hiatus of the sacrum. When locating the point, put the patient in lateral recumbent position with the thigh flexed.