From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner
Asthenia damages ST Qi.
Fatigue and overwork can deplete ST Qi.
Unrestrained diet injures ST Qi.
Internal injury can damage SP / ST QI.
|Epigastric fullness and distention
|No desire for food and drink
||Loss of sensation of taste
||Stools not solid
|Urine clear and abundant
C: Thin and white
P: Weak and Xu
ST Qi Xu can be complicated by Cold attack, creating ST Xu with
Stagnation of Cold.
ST Qi Xu can lead to Food Stagnation in ST due to poor digestion.
ST Qi Xu can lead to ST Yang Xu, which by convention is called
ST Xu Cold. If SP Yang Xu is also involved, the condition is called
SP and ST Xu Cold or MJ Xu Cold.
ST Qi Xu can lead to Stagnation of Qi in ST and Blood Stagnation
ST Qi Xu combined with SP Qi Xu or SP Yang Xu can lead to the formation
of Dampness and Phlegm.
Associated Western Conditions
ST Qi Xu is very similar to ST Xu Cold but lacks the obvious Cold
signs such as:
- Epigastric pain relieved by warmth
- Cold limbs
- Vomiting clear fluid
- P: Deep
ST Qi Xu is very similar to SP Qi Xu and these two conditions may
co-exist. The most distinctive features of SP Qi Xu are:
- Sallow complexion
- Four limbs tired and heavy
- Maybe prolapse (Central Qi Sinking)
- Bleeding (SP Not Governing Blood)
- Edema (SP Xu Edema)
The combination of ST and SP Qi Xu is also called Central Qi Xu
or Central Qi Insufficiency.
Common Acupuncture Points
UB-21 / Weishu
Back-Shu point for ST.
REN-12 / Zhongwan Front-Mu point for ST.
ST-36 / Zusanli He-Sea point of the ST channel.
UB-20 / Pishu Back-Shu point for SP.
ST-21 / Liangmen Promotes function of SP / ST.
REN-6 / Qihai Reinforces Qi.
SP-6 / Sanyinjiao Strengthens SP / ST.
Common Herbal Formulae