Leg Ulcersaccording to TCM

What is Leg Ulcers?

Leg ulcers, chronic sores on the leg that can take weeks to heal, emerge when the skin breaks down to reveal the underlying flesh. Varied in etiology, these ulcers often signify underlying health issues, such as poor circulation or diabetes.

Known also as venous leg ulcers, they are particularly common in the lower limbs and can become a recurring problem. Medical attention is crucial, as untreated ulcers can lead to more severe complications.

How Does TCM View Leg Ulcers?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets leg ulcers through a lens of imbalance and disharmony within the body's Qi (energy), Blood, and organ systems. According to TCM, ulcers can result from Stagnant Qi and Blood, which fail to nourish the skin and muscles, or from an imbalance in Yin and Yang causing excessive Heat or Dampness that damages tissues.

Identifying the underlying pattern of disharmony is essential for effective treatment, focusing on restoring balance, enhancing Qi and Blood flow, and removing any pathogenic factors.

Acupoints for Leg Ulcers

In TCM, specific acupoints are utilized to address the Stagnation and imbalance leading to leg ulcers. One such point, Fuyang BL-59, located on the lateral aspect of the lower leg, 3 cun above Kunlun BL-60, is significant for its role in removing obstructions from the Channel and easing pain.

This acupoint is also known for its benefits to the back and legs, making it a valuable site for stimulating the body's healing processes in the context of leg ulcers. By targeting these points, TCM aims to enhance circulation, reduce pain, and promote the healing of ulcers, reflecting its holistic approach to health and recovery.

See more details below about Fuyang BL-59, an acupoint used to address leg ulcers.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
Fuyang BL-59

Fuyang BL-59

On the lateral aspect of the lower leg, 3 cun above Kunlun BL-60.