Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Spinal Stenosis - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of spinal stenosis 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).

Spinal Stenosis is characterized by the narrowing of the spine, occurring in one or more of the following areas: the canal through which nerves branch out from the spine; the spaces between vertebrae; and the canal that runs through the spinal column, containing the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Generally occurring in men and women over age 50, the condition can be the result of the thickening and calcification of the ligaments that support the spine, a factor that increases with age. Bones can also become enlarged with age, which can cause the spine to narrow. Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can also lead to spinal stenosis. People who have experienced a spinal injury or who have a condition such as scoliosis are also at risk for developing spinal stenosis. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include back and/or neck pain, pain that radiates down the leg(s), numbness or tingling sensations in the leg(s) and foot issues.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Spinal Stenosis.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


Need treatment options for spinal stenosis and not finding the information you need?


Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of spinal stenosis.



The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for spinal stenosis:

Connections coming soon, for now please use our stores formulas by conditions page.


The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for spinal stenosis. 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 spinal stenosis. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for spinal stenosis. 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.

Share and Engage:

· Discuss Theory in our Forums.

Discuss and Learn

Please ask questions and start discussions in our forums