Clonic Seizureaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Seizure and Epileptic Disorders

Parent symptom: Seizures

What is Clonic Seizure?

A clonic seizure is characterized by rhythmic, jerking muscle movements typically caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. These seizures are marked by a succession of muscle contractions and relaxations, which are often forceful and rapid.

Clonic seizures can vary in intensity and duration and may be seen in various neurological disorders. They are often associated with epilepsy but can also occur as isolated incidents. Understanding the precise nature of these seizures is critical for effective management and treatment.

How Does TCM View Clonic Seizure?

In the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine, clonic seizure is viewed through the prism of energetic imbalances and disruptions in the body's harmonious state. TCM does not treat the seizure as a standalone symptom but as a sign of deeper disharmony. Patterns such as Liver Wind agitating within, or an imbalance of Yin and Yang leading to internal movement of Wind, are considered potential underlying causes.

Each patient's pattern is unique, making individual diagnosis pivotal. The approach is holistic, seeking to restore equilibrium and prevent recurrence rather than merely suppress symptoms.

Acupoints for Clonic Seizure

TCM recommends specific acupoints for managing clonic seizures, aiming to calm the Liver, extinguish Wind, and harmonize the flow of Qi. Points like Chengjin BL-56 on the Bladder Channel are selected for their efficacy in removing obstructions from the Channel and relaxing the Sinews, which may alleviate the muscular contractions of clonic seizures.

Additionally, Shixuan EX-UE-11, located at the tips of the fingers, is utilized for its properties to clear Heat, pacify Interior Wind, and restore consciousness. The choice of acupoints is tailored to the individual's diagnosed pattern, with the goal of addressing the root cause of the seizures.

Explore below some acupoints used to address clonic seizure, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
Chengjin BL-56

Chengjin BL-56

5 cun inferior to Weizhong BL-40 which is the midpoint of the popliteal crease. In the center of the belly of gastrocnemius muscle, midway between Heyang BL-55 and Chengshan BL-57.

Shixuan EX-UE-11

Shixuan EX-UE-11

On the tips of the 10 fingers.