In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fasciitis is understood to result from kidney and liver deficiencies. The kidney controls the bones, while the liver controls the tendons and the ligaments. The kidney is regarded as the most important reservoir of the body’s essential energy, and is required to nourish the bones and the whole body. The Kidney Meridian starts from the small toe, proceeds through the arch of the foot, and then flows upwards throughout the rest of the body. Alternatively, the liver stores blood, which nourishes tendons and ligaments. If the liver is deficient, it may result in muscle cramps.
Usually the calf muscles and back muscles of plantar fasciitis patients are extremely tight. In traditional Chinese medicine, plantar fasciitis is considered to be a manifestation of the tight back fascia, which is itself a manifestation of kidney and liver deficiency.
Acupuncturists can treat plantar fasciitis by improving blood circulation, removing blood stasis, easing pain, releasing sinews, and strengthening the Qi of the kidney and liver. Both acupuncture and herbal formulas are prescribed to treat plantar fasciitis. The most common points for treating plantar fasciitis are Kidney-1 (on the sole of foot), Kidney-3 (behind medial medullas) and Kidney-9 (the lower end of the belly of the gastrocnemius muscle).
In addition to the Kidney Meridian, the Bladder Meridian, which runs through the back fascia parallel to the Kidney Meridian, plays an important role in treatment as well. The most frequently used points consist of Bladder-18 (1.5 inch lateral to spine T-9), Bladder-23 (1.5 inch lateral to spine L-2), Bladder-40 (midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa), and Bladder-57 (in a pointed depression below the gastrocnemius when leg is stretched or heel is lifted).
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