Lower Abdominal Swellingaccording to TCM

What is Lower Abdominal Swelling?

Lower abdominal swelling refers to an enlargement or protrusion in the lower part of the abdomen, often accompanied by discomfort or pain. This symptom can arise from various conditions, ranging from temporary digestive issues to more serious health concerns.

It is characterized by a noticeable increase in the abdominal area's size, which can be either a general swelling or localized to specific areas. Understanding the underlying cause of this swelling is essential for effective treatment and relief.

How does TCM view Lower Abdominal Swelling?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches lower abdominal swelling from a holistic perspective, considering it a sign of imbalance within the body's energy, or Qi, and its pathways. TCM identifies several potential causes for this symptom, including Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Obstructions in the Channels, or the accumulation of Dampness or Cold in the lower abdomen.

Treatment in TCM focuses on restoring balance, improving the flow of Qi, and eliminating any pathogenic factors contributing to the swelling.

Acupoints for Lower Abdominal Swelling

TCM recommends several acupoints for addressing lower abdominal swelling, with specific points selected based on the underlying patterns of disharmony identified in the patient. For invigorating Liver Qi and clearing Dampness in the genitourinary system, Zhongfeng LIV-4 is a key point. Located near the medial malleolus, stimulating this point can help regulate Liver Qi, essential for overall health and balance.

Another crucial point, Zusanli ST-36, found below the knee, is renowned for its ability to tonify Qi and Blood, strengthen the Spleen and Stomach, and ensure the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. Together, these acupoints can be integral to treatments aimed at reducing lower abdominal swelling by addressing its root causes according to TCM principles.

Explore below some acupoints used to address lower abdominal swelling, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Liver Channel
  • Stomach Channel
Zhongfeng LIV-4

Zhongfeng LIV-4

1 cun anterior to the tip of medial malleolus, in the depression on the medial side of the tendon of the tibialis anterior.

Zusanli ST-36

Zusanli ST-36

3 cun below Dubi ST-35, one finger breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia, on the tibialis anterior muscle.