Esophageal Painaccording to TCM

What is Esophageal Pain?

Esophageal pain is characterized by an uncomfortable or burning sensation in the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. This symptom can be a sign of various conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophagitis, or muscle spasms. People with esophageal pain may describe it as a sharp, burning, or tightening sensation that can be aggravated by swallowing.

How does TCM View Esophageal Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perceives esophageal pain as an indication of an imbalance or blockage in the body's energy pathways. TCM practitioners believe that such discomfort arises when Qi, the vital life force, is obstructed or when there is an accumulation of Heat in the esophagus.

The presence of Phlegm, a Stagnation of fluids, can also contribute to the sensation of pain. To alleviate the symptom, TCM focuses on restoring the flow of Qi and balancing the Yin and Yang energies, thereby addressing the root cause of the pain.

Acupoints for Esophageal Pain

In TCM, acupressure or acupuncture may be employed to alleviate esophageal pain. One of the pivotal acupoints for treating this condition is Shidou SP-17 on the Spleen Channel. Located in the 5th intercostal space, this point is traditionally used to resolve Food Stagnation, a pattern often associated with esophageal discomfort.

Activating Shidou SP-17 can help in harmonizing the stomach, easing the flow of Qi, and reducing the pain and obstruction felt in the esophagus. It's a technique that taps into the body's own healing mechanisms, fostering relief and balance.

See more details below about Shidou SP-17, an acupoint used to address esophageal pain.

  • By Meridian
  • Spleen Channel
Shidou SP-17

Shidou SP-17

6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, 2 cun lateral to the mamillary line, in the 5th intercostal space.