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Table 4 The effects of fundamental meridian points for holistic therapies on Qi, blood, and water patterns

From: Acupuncture and moxibustion for stress-related disorders

Pattern Related disorder Therapeutic principle BL BL BL BL BL BL BL BL BL CV CV GB GB GV KI LI LR ST ST TE
10 11 13 14 18 20 23 25 32 12 6 20 21 12 6 11 14 25 36 4
Qi deficiency Mood disorders and major depression Tonifying Qi    +    + +     +    +    +   +  
Qi stagnation Soothing the liver and regulating Qi    + + +     + + +       +   +  
Qi counterflow Anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and somatoform disorder in females Downbearing Qi counterflow     +   +     +     +   + +   +  
Blood deficiency Generalized anxiety disorder in males and somatoform disorder in females Tonifying blood      + +              +  
Blood stagnation   Activating blood     +      + +   + +    + + +   
Water retention Eating disorder in females Dispelling edema        +       +   + +   + ++ +
Diuresis       + +         +     +  
Yin deficiency   Tonifying yin      +   +         ++      +