Rectal Heavinessaccording to TCM

What is Rectal Heaviness?

Rectal heaviness is a discomforting symptom characterized by a sensation of weight or pressure in the rectal area. This feeling can be associated with various conditions, including gastrointestinal disorders, hemorrhoids, or more serious issues like rectal prolapse. Individuals experiencing this symptom may describe a sense of fullness or a dragging sensation in the rectum. It’s a symptom that can significantly affect the quality of life, prompting those affected to seek medical attention for relief and treatment.

How Does TCM View Rectal Heaviness?

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), rectal heaviness is not just a localized symptom but a sign of broader systemic imbalances within the body. TCM looks beyond the symptom to the underlying patterns of disharmony causing it.

These patterns could involve an imbalance of Qi (vital energy), the presence of Dampness, or a deficiency in the Kidney system. TCM stresses the importance of identifying these patterns through holistic diagnosis, as each pattern requires a unique treatment approach.

Acupoints for Rectal Heaviness

TCM employs various acupoints to address rectal heaviness, tailored to the underlying disharmonies identified in the patient. One key acupoint in the Kidney Channel is Fuliu KID-7. Located 2 cun directly above Taixi KID-3 on the anterior border of the Achilles tendon, Fuliu KID-7 is known for its multifaceted actions. It is utilized to resolve Dampness, which can be a contributing factor to the sensation of heaviness, tonify the Kidneys, regulate sweating, open water passages, and resolve edema, as well as strengthen the lower back.

The selection of this and other acupoints is based on their ability to target specific imbalances contributing to the symptom of rectal heaviness, illustrating the precise and individualized approach of TCM in symptom management.

See more details below about Fuliu KID-7, an acupoint used to address rectal heaviness.

  • By Meridian
  • Kidney Channel
Fuliu KID-7

Fuliu KID-7

2 cun directly above Taixi KID-3, on the anterior border of Achilles tendon.