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Acupuncture in Houston, TX - Houston Acupuncture & Herb Clinic

2405 South Shepherd, Houston, TX 77019.     TEL: 713-529-8332.

2431 West Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030.     TEL: 713-666-5667. 

We are one of the best, biggest, and oldest acupuncture clinics in Houston area.

                   acupuncture for infertility, back pain, PMS, menopause, stress, allergy, migraine headache, endometriosis, neck/shoulder pain, smoking, weight, IVF/IUI, TMJ, tendonitis, arthritis,  depression, anxiety, insomnia,  face lift, quit smoking, etc. One of the oldest and best acupuncture clinics in Houston, TX

Acupuncture Houston TX - West Holcombe Clinic Acupuncture Houston TX - South Shepherd Clinic
acupuncture houston tx west holcombe clinic Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic at 2431 West Holcombe, Houston, TX. @ the corner of Kirby Drive and next to the Flower Corner.
acupuncture houston tx south shepherd dr. clinic Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic at South Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX@ the corner of Westheimer Drive and next to the KFC. This location has been servicing Houston for more than18 years.
Click here for the West Holcombe Clinic location map.
The clinic is located at the corner of Kirby Drive and next to the Flower Corner
TEL: 713-666-5667.
Click here for the South Shepherd Clinic location map.
Acupuncture Houston TX-South Shepherd Clinic
TEL: 713-529-8332.


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        Chest Pain, Chest Bi, Heart Pain,

             Angina Pectoris in Chinese medicine



Male, age around 50.  I some times felt little discomfort in the chest.  Gradually the discomfort became more frequent.  I went to see the family doctor about this problem, but the answer was always nothing wrong. 

After times my chest felt much heavier and very uncomfortable, plus cold sweats.  I went to get acupuncture treatment at Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic.  Right after the acupuncture treatment, my chest pressure relieved and the cold sweat stopped.  I felt normal again.   I have told by the acupuncturist that I might have angina, and suggested me to see the specialist to get thorough exam for my heart.  After all the exams, the diagnosis was angina pectoris. 

I really appreciate the clinic helped me for my severe problem, and gave me correct information about my sickness.  Because of that, I won’t delay my heart condition to get right treatment.

The acupuncture and herb treatment helped me a lot for my heart condition.  I have no more chest pain and heaviness.


R.T.        I went to emergency room for severe heart problem, I almost die.

I have been to Dr Wu for 3 years.  He has cured my heart condition (a cardiologist nearly made me bed ridden), sinus infections, flu, anxiety…I can honestly say everything I have ever come in for treatment, I have been successfully healthy. 

P. T.       Dr. Wu You have been great. I read a lot about acupuncture prior to coming and trying it. My question to my self was, before western medicine how did African and Asia here.

Angina, or angina pectoris, is a symptom due to coronary atheriosclerosis heart diseases. Because of the atherosclerosis, it frequently causes epicardial coronary artery stenosis. The clinical manifestation is chest pain, pressure or discomfort.

Angina arises from a situation called myocardial ischemia, which is due to the insufficiency of oxygen and myocardial blood supply, or vasospasm of coronary arteries. Angina is a common symptom for coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. During the exercise state, the heart rate and myocardial contraction are increased and it also increases the myocardial oxygen demand. Therefore the coronary blood flow and oxygen extraction must be increased to meet the requirement of myocardium. The maximum of coronary blood flow is about 6 times of the resting coronary blood flow.

When myocardial ischemia happens, most patients will feel chest pain in middle or upper part of the chest behind the sternum. Besides that, the chest pain are also associated with oppressive, and unpleasant pressure, heaviness, fullness, burning, crushing and squeezing pain, strangling, suffocation sensation in the chest, tightness, a heavy weight, or a choking sensation. Besides the chest discomfort, the discomfort may also be experienced in the upper back, between the shoulder blades, jaw, and a constricting sensation in the throat, neck, epigastria, elbow, hand, or arm. In severe cases, the patient may exhibit nausea, vomiting, and a pale face with sweating.

Sometimes, the symptoms manifest in the left side of chest. The discomfort can also radiate to the right side of the jaw, arm, teeth, and ears. However, the episode of angina pectoris is temporary and not a heart attack. So the patient should not worry too much. But it does indicate an increased risk of heart attack, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), severe cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation.


In Chinese medicine the syndrome of chest Bi, chest pain, or heart pain results from the vasospasm or obstruction of heart blood vessels. The syndrome of chest bi, chest pain, or heart pain is similar to the angina pectoris and myocardial infarction in Western medicine. In here, we only discuss the angina. Among the myocardial infarction. We will discuss later.

Etiology and pathogenesis of heart pain / chest Bi:

The Chest Bi and Heart pain is related to the excess and deficiency of liver, heart, spleen, and kidney. The root of the disease originates from the deficiency of heart due to the insufficiency of Qi, blood, Yin, and Yang. Later, the phlegm, blood stasis, Qi stagnation, accumulation of cold gradually causes the blockage of heart blood vessels. After that, the chest yang and Qi flow becomes obstructed due to excessive stimulation from excessive emotion, overeating, heavy meals, smoking, etc. the vasospasm of heart channel and blockage of blood develops. In the beginning, the formation and development of the chest Bi frequently appears as excess syndrome instead of deficient syndrome. But later, the clinic manifestation always shows a combination of both excess and deficient syndromes.

The etiology and pathogenesis can be classified into 4 factors:

1.         Inner invasion due to pathogenic cold:

Most patient has a yang deficiency due to a weak constitution. The deficiency of chest yang with overwork causes the attack of pathogenic cold. Finally the extreme cold temperature induces the stagnant Qi and blood accumulation. It result blockage of chest yang and impairment of Qi flow. The chest Bi is developed.

2.         Chest pain due to Improper diet:

a.         Excessive intake of alcohol and carbonated drinks impair the spleen yang. The transformation and transportation functions of the spleen are damaged. The transformation of heat damages the yin and causes the formation of phlegm.

b.         Or the impairment of transformation and transportation of spleen yang result in accumulation of damp heat due to over-eating of greasy food. The stagnation accumulates in the middle Jiao. The pathogenic heat overheats the yin and phlegm is subsequently developed.

c.         Finally the phlegm blocks the blood vessel and Qi dynamics. Chest pain subsequently develops.

3.         Chest pain due to emotional stress:

a.         Anger damages the liver Qi and causes the Liver Qi stagnation. The stagnation of liver Qi gradually causes the blood stasis. In the severe cases, the stagnation of liver Qi turns into fire and depletes the yin. Phlegm is subsequently developed.

b.         Or when spleen function is suppressed by liver stagnation, transportation and transformation of spleen Qi is restricted due to the obstruction of ascending and descending spleen Qi. The damp phlegm is therefore accumulated.

c.         However, whether the reason is Qi stagnation, blood stasis, or phlegm obstruction, all can cause the abnormal blood circulation and narrowing of blood vessels. The chest yang becomes restricted and Qi dynamic loses the smooth flow. The chest bi syndrome then develops.

4.      Chest pain due to deficiency of liver and kidney:

a.      Deficiency of kidney Qi and kidney yang is due to old age, prenatal deficiency, and excessive sexual activity. Once the kidney yang becomes deficient, the deficiency of spleen yang and heart yang will follow. Similarly, once the kidney yin becomes deficient, the liver yin and heart yin becomes deficient too. The yin and yang deficiency finally leads to obstruction phlegm, blood stasis, stagnant Qi, and cold accumulation. Therefore the chest yang becomes obstruction; the Qi dynamic is not smooth; chest pain is developed due to vasospasm or obstruction of blood vessels.

Differentiation of character of chest pain:

1.         Determination of pain characters:

a.         Stabbing pain

         Due to obstruction of blood stasis

         Due to interior obstruction of turbid phlegm

b.         Burning pain

         Due to yin deficiency of heart and kidney

c.         Squeezing pain

         Due to accumulation of Yin coldness, called cold accumulation in cardiac vessel.

d.         Stuffy pain

         Due to deficiency of Qi and Yin

         Due to yang deficiency of heat and kidney

         Interior obstruction of turbid phlegm

2.         Determination of deficiency of Qi, blood, yin, and yang

a.         Qi deficiency

         Clinical expressions such as shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitation, chest pain with stuffy sensation.

b.         Yang deficiency:

         Qi deficiency plus spontaneous sweating and pale face, and aversion to cold of all four limbs

c.         Blood deficiency:

         Clinical expressions such as palpitation, insomnia, a lot of dreaming, loss of luster in the face.

d.         Yin deficiency:

         Blood deficiency plus anxiety, dry mouth, and night sweating.

e.         Depletion of yang

         Extreme cold aversion in the four limbs, profuse perspiration.

3.         Determination of Qi stagnation, blood stasis, obstructive phlegm, cold accumulation

a.         Qi stagnation:

         Chest has discomfort

         Hypochondriac pain

b.         Blood stasis

         Stabbing at chest area

         Dark and unclear face

         Purple color in mouth, lips, and nails.

         Tongue becomes greenish; sometimes appearing with blood plaque or blood points.

c.         Cold accumulation:

         Stabbing pain at the chest area

         Extreme coldness at four limbs

         Greenish white color of the face

d.         Obstructive phlegm:

         Discomfort in the chest area

         Heaviness of the four limbs

         Nausea and dizziness

         Yellowish white color of face with puffiness

         Tongue has teeth indentation marks around the edge.

         Tongue coating is whitish greasy or yellowish greasy.

Treatment according to the differentiation of syndromes of Qi stagnation:

1. Deficiency of both Yin and Qi

a. Qi deficiency

Fatigue, shortness of breath, lassitude

b.         Yin deficiency

         Blood deficiency and palpitation

         Yin deficiency plus blood deficiency with heat in the center of feet and palms

c.         Major symptoms:

         Paroxysmal pain happening with irregular timing

d.         Sub-symptoms:

         Anxiety, palpitation, heat in the center of feet and palms due to yin deficiency

         Fatigue, shortness of breathe, vertigo due to Qi deficiency.

e.         Treatment principle: Replenishing yang Qi and nourishing the yin

f.          Chinese medicine treatments:

         Sheng mai san plus ren shen yang ying tang or Sheng mai san plus Zi gan cao tang

2. Yang deficiency of heart and kidney:

a.         Main symptoms: chest pain with stuffy sensation, shortness of breath, being aggravated after exposure to cold.

b.         Sub-symptoms:

         Palpitation, sweating, soreness of lower back, fatigue, aversion to cold and cold limbs.

         Or chest pain radiating to the back, extreme coldness of four limbs

         Wheezing manifests during movement, cannot lay down to sleep, puffy face and swollen feet.

c.         Treatments:

         Replenishing Qi and strengthen yang, warming collateral and stop the pain

d.         Chinese Medicine treatment:

         Shen Fu Tang plus you Gui Yin or modified shen fu tang

3. Yin deficiency of heart and kidney:

e.         Main symptom:

         Stuffy chest pain or burning pain, palpitation and anxiousness.

f.          Sub-symptoms:

         Inability to sleep, night sweating, stuffy chest with stabbing pain.

         Soreness and weakness at lower back and knees, tinnitus, or dizziness and vertigo.

         Or tidal fever in the face, sweating, shortness of breath, fullness pain at hypochondriac area.

g.         Treatment method:

         Nourishing yin and replenishing the kidney, nourishing the heart and calming the spirit

h.         Chinese medicine treatment:

         Zuo Gui Yin

         Tang wang bu yin tang

4. Accumulation due to yin coldness

a.         Main symptoms:

         Squeezing pain at the chest with irregular timing, pain being aggravated after exposure to cold.

b.         Sub-symptoms:

         Stuffy chest, shortness of breath, palpitation, pale face, cold extremities.

         Chest pain radiating to the back, or back pain radiating to the chest.

c.         Treatment methods:

         Warming yang, opening the channel and dispelling the cold.

d.         Chinese medicine treatments:

         Modified gua lou xie bai bai jiu tang.

         Tong mai si ni tang

5. Heart obstruction due to blood stasis:

a.         Main symptoms:

         Stabbing pain with fixed location, being aggravated after sleep.

b.         Sub-symptoms:

         Stuffy chest, palpitation, comes and goes, it becomes a chronic condition.

         Or severe chest pain due to a sudden anger.

c.         Treatment methods:

         Invigorate blood and transform the stasis, open the channel and stop the pain.

D. Chinese medicine treatments:

         Modified Xue fu zhu yu tang

6. Interior obstruction due to turbid phlegm:

a.         Main symptom;

         Stuffy chest pain with suffocating sensation

         Chest pain radiates to back

b.         Sub-symptoms:

         Fatigue, shortness, four limbs feel heaviness, lot phlegm.

         Or sometimes being stuffy stabbing chest pain or burning chest pain.

c.         Treatment methods:

         Open the flow of yang Qi to disperse the turbidity, dispelling the phlegm to open the obstruction.

d.         Chinese medicine treatments:

         Modified Gua lou xie bai ban xie tang

Acupuncture treatment:

When treating the chest pain with acupuncture, the acupuncture points should be chosen at heart and pericardium channels.

1. Main acupuncture points for chest pain:

         Nei Koun, heart shu, tang chung, jueyin shu, zhu que, zu san li.

2. Sub-main acupuncture points for chest pain:

         blood stasis: go shu, yin xi

         deficiency of Qi and Yin: Yin xi, tai xie, san yin cho

         deficiency of heart yang: min ming, chu che

         obstruction of turbid phlegm: chong wan, fong long

         sudden loss of yang Qi: kun yan moxibustion, Qi hei moxibustion

3. Ear acupuncture for chest pain:

         Heart point, pi zi xio point, sympathetic points

4. Special preparation formula for chest pain:

         dan shen, huang qi, Shui zhi, Bing pian

         san chi, Huang qi

         ren shang, mai dong, shan chi.


Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1. Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic- South Shepherd location:
    2405 South Shepherd @ Westheimer (between Westheimer and Fairview), Houston, TX  77019.
    This location has been servicing Houston for more than18 years.
Tel: 713-529-8332    
Click the left-side top picture or here for the location map.

2. Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic- West Holcombe Location:   
    2431 West Holcombe @Kirby (between Kirby and Fannin Street), Houston, TX 77030.
Tel: 713-666-5667    
   The clinic is located at the corner of Kirby Drive and next to Flower Corner
TEL: 713-666-5667.

Click here for the location map.

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