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Bladder 14 good for relieving chest pains not due to cardiac conditions
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This point, known to acupuncturists as Bladder 14, is located on the back an inch and a half from the spine, at the lower border of the fourth thoracic vertebra. Like all points along the Bladder Meridian, it generally treats urinary conditions and pain of the neck and back. This point in particular is excellent for pain of the chest and diaphragm, palpitations and restlessness. It was traditionally used for "agitation and oppression" of the thoracic region; for instance, chest pains not due to cardiac conditions but rather due to emotional stress. In acupuncture theory, pain is caused by a stagnation within the Meridians (pathways circulating energy and nourishment throughout the body). The function of this point is to clear stagnation from the chest and ease stress, thus relieving pain.

Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice. Gigi Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati.

She can be reached at www.ShamesHealth.com or (415) 388-0456.

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