Organ, body system, and body part pathology

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Apart from the general pathological categories discussed above, specific pathology relating to organs, body systems, or body parts can now be understood. This information is organized into diagnostic categories so that the practitioner can see the most common pathology within each category, its clinical meanings, and the logical sense that they make in relation to a diagnosis. Corresponding photos are presented with the discussion. Studying the photos along with the information in this chapter assists the practitioner at becoming visually adept at recognizing and diagnosing these pathologies.

Respiratory disorders

Depressions

Respiratory disorders in the ear usually show up in the form of two pathologies — depressions or red marks. A depression is one that is deeper than the size of the normal point depth. Some depressions are very deep and some appear like several enlarged pores.

Depressions indicate deficiency of the point on which it is found. Depressions on the Lung points, which are the points pertaining to the major respiratory organ, indicate Lung Qi deficiency. Lung Qi deficiency manifests as asthma, shortness of breath, fatigue and allergies, tightness in the chest, and even walking pneumonia. Figure 7.4 to Figure 7.6 illustrate depressions on the Lung points.

Figure 7.4 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.4 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.5 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.5 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.6 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.6 Small pore-like depressions on the Upper and Lower Lung points

Figure 7.7 Redness in the scapha on the Allergy point

Figure 7.7 Redness in the scapha on the Allergy point

Figure 7.8 A deep, depressed Heart point

Figure 7.8 A deep, depressed Heart point

Heat shows up as redness on the body. Heat on the Allergy point indicates allergies that have Heat characteristics, such as nasal congestion, yellow mucus, low-grade fever, slight sore throat, red tongue, thin yellow coat, and slightly fast superficial pulse. The allergies may be respiratory allergies or skin allergies, such as rashes or pimples, since the Lungs dominate the skin (Figure 7.7).

Cardiovascular problems

Depressions

Cardiovascular problems show up in the ear in several places. Depressions and grooves are indicative of deficiency. As shown in Figure 7.8, depressions in the Heart area indicates Heart Qi deficiency. Clinical manifestations of Heart Qi deficiency include high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, and shortness of breath, palpitations, low blood pressure, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, and more.

Grooves

The low blood pressure groove suggests heart pathology as well, and originates from the Low Blood Pressure point (Figure 7.9). The low blood pressure groove does not travel on an angle like Frank’s sign, but rather folds vertically downward, resembling a collapsed fold in the skin. Frank’s sign, as we have seen earlier in this chapter, is a diagonal crease on the ear lobe that originates in the lower blood pressure area and extends downward on a diagonal line laterally across the lobe. In general, the longer the crease and deeper the crease, the more serious and long-term the problem is. Compare the difference between the low blood pressure groove and Frank’s sign (see Figure 7.1).

Figure 7.9 The low blood pressure groove

Figure 7.9 The low blood pressure groove

Figure 7.10 Suppuration at Shenmen

Figure 7.10 Suppuration at Shenmen

Redness

Red indicates heat. A red Heart point indicates heat in the Heart, which produces restlessness and insomnia, or other Chinese “Heat in the Heart problems (Figure 7.10). (Unfortunately, the color pathology cannot be depicted in the black and white photos.) Heat may cause rashes and oozing of fluids at the Heart point or points related to the Heart, most notably Shenmen.

Hepatobiliary/gastrointestinal problems (stomach, spleen, liver, gallbladder, and small intestine)

Several organs are part of the hepatobiliary/gastrointestinal systems and many illnesses fall within their domain. The most common clinical pathologies found in the ear pertaining to these systems are discussed and shown below.

Phlegm ridge

The phlegm ridge is a frequently observed formation in the ear, specifically the phlegm ridge in the Stomach area. The phlegm ridge indicates that Dampness or Phlegm are being retained in the stomach either due to weak Stomach Qi failing to rotten and ripen the food, or Phlegm created through consumption of the proper Yin of the Stomach by Heat or Liver Qi stagnation. Phlegm in the Stomach can cause many symptoms, including nausea, stomach pain, food stagnation symptoms, and abdominal distention (Figure 7.11 and Figure 7.12).

Figure 7.11 Phlegm ridge and duodenal ulcer

Figure 7.11 Phlegm ridge and duodenal ulcer

Figure 7.12 Long phlegm ridge extending to the Spleen area

Figure 7.12 Long phlegm ridge extending to the Spleen area

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