Acupuncture Treatment for Diaphragmatic Spasms in Bermuda
Located between the abdomen and the chest, the diaphragm is the primary muscle involved in respiration. Involuntary diaphragmatic spasms are symptomatic of a multitude of conditions ranging from mild and acute to severe and chronic. Diaphragmatic contractions can result from simple hiccupping or belching. Involuntary spasms can also indicate more serious issues such as underlying neurological problems.
As always, when symptoms recur over a prolonged period of time, consult your allopathic physician who will schedule appropriate screenings. These screenings may include nerve conduction and pulmonary function tests as well as radiographic imaging.
Given the diversity of causes for diaphragmatic problems, the holistic practitioner must make an accurate diagnosis under eastern medical practice. Without a specific diagnostic pattern in mind, we can only generally discuss acupoints that may be targeted for issues affecting the diaphragm.
The Ge Shu acupoint is commonly treated for problems with the diaphragm. Ge Shu is point 17 on the urinary bladder meridian. It is the Back-Shu of the diaphragm. All of the Shu points are present along the urinary bladder meridian. The Qi energy of the Zang-Fu organs can be accessed via the Shu points, and specific Zang-Fu organs can be tonified and balanced via their respective Shu points.
The Zang organs are yin and correspond with Fu organs that are yang in character. For example, the kidney is a Zang organ. Its corresponding Fu organ is the urinary bladder. Each organ system controls specific physiological functions within the body. For more information on the Zang-Fu organs, refer to our writing on treating internal diseases with Tuina massage.
Disharmonies of the Zang-Fu organs can also be treated by accessing Front-Mu points. These points are located along the conception vessel, gall bladder and liver channels. When the Back-Shu and Front-Mu points are tender, this is helpful from a diagnostic viewpoint. The tenderness of a specific point indicates an imbalance in its related organ.
Depending on the pattern, a combination of points may be targeted to relax the diaphragm. The Zhi Yang point on the governing vessel meridian is one such point. It may be treated in combination with the above-mentioned UB 17. The extra point 7, one of the Huatuo Jiaji points, may also be stimulated.
At COHA Health, we always seek to address the cause of involuntary contractions of the diaphragm.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cann for treatment of Diaphragmatic Spasms, please call COHA Health at 1.441.295.7612.