Penile Painaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Genital Pain and Discomfort

Did you mean? Genital Pain

What is Penile Pain?

Penile pain refers to discomfort or pain in the penis, a symptom that can vary in intensity and duration. It may arise due to various reasons, including infections, trauma, urinary tract issues, or sexually transmitted diseases.

The nature of the pain – whether sharp, dull, intermittent, or constant – can provide clues about the underlying cause. Penile pain can significantly affect a person's quality of life, causing anxiety and discomfort, and often necessitates medical evaluation to determine its cause and appropriate treatment.

How Does TCM View Penile Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a distinct perspective on penile pain, diverging from Western medicine's approach. TCM sees this symptom as a manifestation of imbalances or disharmonies within the body's energy system. These imbalances could involve disrupted Qi (vital energy), Blood Stagnation, or issues with the Kidney, Liver, or Spleen Channels.

TCM practitioners emphasize the importance of identifying the specific pattern of disharmony causing the pain, as each requires a unique treatment strategy, blending acupuncture, herbal remedies, and lifestyle adjustments.

Acupoints for Penile Pain

TCM employs acupuncture as a key modality in treating penile pain, focusing on specific acupoints to address underlying imbalances. One important point is Qichong ST-30 on the Stomach Channel, located near the inguinal groove. This acupoint is known for invigorating Blood and Qi in the Lower Burner, subduing Rebellious Qi, and tonifying vital energies.

Another significant point is Sanyinjiao SP-6 on the Spleen Channel, situated on the inner leg. It plays a multifaceted role in tonifying the Spleen and Stomach, resolving Dampness, regulating the Liver, and nourishing Blood and Yin. These points are part of a holistic approach to alleviating penile pain and addressing its root causes in TCM.

Explore below some acupoints used to address penile pain, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Stomach Channel
  • Spleen Channel
Qichong ST-30

Qichong ST-30

5 cun below the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline, superior to the inguinal groove, on the medial side of the femoral artery, nerve and vein.

Sanyinjiao SP-6

Sanyinjiao SP-6

3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on the line drawn from the medial malleolus to Yinlingquan SP-9.