Acupuncture Strategy - Pericardium and Triple Burner Syndromes

Pericardium and Triple Burner Syndromes

Pericardium refers to the tissues surrounding the heart. Structurally it is a membrane surrounding the heart, and physiologically it protects the heart. When exogenous pathogens invade the heart, the pericardium is always the first to be attacked. For example, invasion of the pericardium by pathogenic heat gives rise to mental disturbances like coma and delirium, present with the same manifestations as those of the heart. Therefore, the pericardium is not generally viewed as an independent organ, but as an attachment to the heart. The triple burner is the passage through which water, food and fluid are transported, and treatment focuses on its meridian aiming to restore the harmony of the affected organs such as the lung, spleen or kidney. The pericardium meridian communicates with the triple burner meridian creating an exterior and interior relationship. The two systems influence each other closely.

Pericardium syndrome Meridians for the selection of major acupoints Techniques Localized symptoms along the course of the pericardium meridian e.g. chest pain radiating to armpit, irritability and feverish sensation in the palms The pericardium meridian Reducing needling techniques and use with moxibustion if necessary
Triple burner syndromes Meridians for the selection of major acupoints Techniques Dysfunction in the triple burner leading to edema The conception vessel meridian as well as the back transport points, alarm points and lower sea points of the triple burner Both acupuncture and moxibustion Damp-heat accumulated internally leading to edema The three yin meridians in the legs as well as the back transport points, alarm points and lower sea points of the triple burner Reducing needling techniques Localized symptoms along the course of the triple burner meridians e.g. numbness or weakness of the back of the arm, dizziness, ear ringing and swelling of the cheeks The triple burner and gallbladder meridians Either acupuncture or moxibustion, or use "pricking" needles to draw small amount of blood from appropriate acupoints
Pericardium and Triple Burner Meridians