Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of peripheral artery disease (pad) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Peripheral Artery Disease occurs when there is a reduced flow of oxygen-rich blood to the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. This is generally caused by atherosclerosis, a build up of plaque in the arteries. Over time, the plaque hardens, causing the arteries to narrow and limiting blood flow to the limbs. PAD commonly affects the legs, but can also affect the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys, stomach, arms and head. Symptoms of PAD include pain, numbness, cramping or heaviness in the legs during physical activity; erectile dysfunction; lower temperature in one leg over the other; slow or poor healing of wounds in the affected limb; paleness; or reduced nail growth.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Peripheral Artery Disease.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for peripheral artery disease (pad):

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The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for peripheral artery disease (pad). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

There are no associated points at this time.



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with peripheral artery disease (pad). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for peripheral artery disease (pad). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

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