Acupuncture treatment of constipation
Acupuncture treatment of constipation, by Hu Jinsheng.
A case of constipation is discussed by a panel of three doctors and a treatment plan formulated and carried out. A 68 year old man with constipation for some years had difficulty defecating although his stools were neither dry nor hard. After a bowel movement he was tired and sweated spontaneously. He had a history of chronic gastric problems, poor sleep and fluctuating appetite. The diagnosis was long-term Spleen deficiency which was also failing to nourish Heart blood, and he was given Zhongwan REN-12, Tianshu ST-25, Qihai REN-6, Zusanli ST-36, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Hegu L.I.-4, Dachangshu BL-25, Pishu BL-20 and Weishu BL-21. After 20 treatments, an increased intake of fruit and vegetables, self-massage of the abdomen and sacrum and appropriate exercise he was cured.
JTCM December 2006
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