Ancient Techniques With e-System Acupuncture

Ancient Chinese

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1. WARM NEEDLING BY SUSPENDED MOXIBUSTION
悬灸温针—类 红外线热疗

Commonly used to enhance acupuncture treatments, this combination is especially helpful in cold, damp and stagnation syndromes, blockage over long duration or years, wind, pain, circulation, stiffness of joints, difficulty in mobility, etc. It is suitable for both Hot and Cold symptoms, to tonify the body or reduce symptoms. Moxibustion is applied by suspending the lighted moxa stick above acupoint, with or without the needle, allowing the patient to receive the heat. The heat should be tolerable and gentle, in order for the patient to relax and allow the body to react according to the treatment. Usually about 3 to 5 minutes, or in emergency cases or cases which require heat reinforcement, may take up to 10 – 30 minutes. Extra care and attention to be paid to open wounds, broken skin surface, Diabetic cases or neuro-derma disorders, so as to avoid burns, damaging the skin and scarring.

2. DIRECT MOXIBUSTION
接触灸—烧炙破坏疗法

Rolled Moxa wool or cut moxa stick can be used here, placed close to the skin surface and on the needle before lighting it, commonly applied to chronic diseases, such as Omarthritis, Sciatica, Herpes Zoster, persistent Asthma, etc. Treatments are usually given once daily or every alternate day.

3. SCARRING MOXIBUSTION
瘢痕灸—激发自体免疫疗法

Direct moxibustion is used here, one consumed cone is known as “Zhuang”. Usually 3 zhuang to 7 zhuang is used. Some acupoints or conditions may use up to 500 zhuangs. This method is to create a tiny blistering / festers on the skin, inducing a sterile superficial immunity effect to reduce pain, dredge collaterals, stimulate interferon, production of anti-inflammatory enzymes, and increase immunity.

Suitable for low immune conditions, such as asthma, allergies, herpes zoster, arthritis, joints inflammation, geriatric problems, weakness, tumors, etc. Treatments are usually given two or three times a week.

4. HOT NEEDLING METHOD
火针刺法—-深入烧炙疗法

Known as焠刺法, this is an ancient acupuncture technique by inserting hot needle into the affected area, often used in surgical conditions and arthritic inflamed joints. In order to achieve cell regeneration, superficial or old cells structures were broken down, similar to destroying the mutated cells. Eg., Warts, Pigmentation, deep tissue symptoms, allergic dermatitis, eczema,. Therapeutic course of treatments require two to five sittings.

5. COMMON ACUPUNCTURE METHOD
毫针刺法—-调和阴阳 补虚泻实

Hao Zhen ( 毫针 ) or Filiform Needle is the most commonly used needle in the modern acupuncture developments. This form of acupuncture needles have been practiced worldwide by western trained acupuncturist. The techniques of the needle which include, insertion of the needle, manipulated the Yin and the Yang, reinforcing for the deficiency syndrome and reducing manipulations for the excess syndrome.. A skillful practitioner will be able to induce and direct vital energy (Qi) to the acupuncture points, the meridians and the related organs or disorder areas as to enhance the effects of the technique. Filiform Needle Acupuncture are considered remedies with potential to conquer symptoms related to all kinds of diseases, This technique can be used for all kinds of ailments.

6. CUTTING METHOD / SMALL NEEDLE-BLADE NEEDLING METHOD
针刺割治疗法

Cutting Method is an ancient acupuncture technique by applying small needle-blades into affected location, hand, foot, or deep tissue. Suitable for various conditions related to the bones, joints, and cell renewals in wound healing. For example, in cancer cases, the immune system can be stimulated by applying the cutting method on Carcinoma points of the Foot.

In modern day acupuncture, normal or special acupuncture needles can be used to deal the same effect. It is better known as Acupuncture Microsurgery, a highly refined skill and is almost similar to modern medical concept that may cost many times more.

In certain conditions, needles were applied in quick insert and remove actions on acupoints. Example, 钩针(Gou Zhen) or Hook Needle as used for cutting, 芒针(Mang Zhen) or Long Needle as used in deep tissue acupuncture, or 雀啄术 Sparrow Pecking Needling Method, 报刺术 Trigger Needling Method in the deep acupoint, 沿皮刺法 (Yan Pi Ci Fa), applying needles along the skin. 骨刺法 (Gu Ci Fa), applying needles into the deep acupoint on the side of the bones.

The common syndrome among the cases where these techniques were applied is a combination of stagnation of Qi and Blood, obstructing the meridians and collaterals, leading to poor blood circulation, pain and numbness, malnutrition and weakness, further strains to the affected area.

Variety of bones and joints disorders, such as disease along the spinal column, frozen shoulders, arthritic inflammation, deformation, stiffness, pains and numbness, calculi, spurs, hyperosteogeny, immobility, etc., can be helped by using acupuncture microsurgery technique.

Sports or trauma injuries, chronic condition of wear and tear of joints, and post operative wound healing, hemorrhoids, low immune disorders such as asthma, can also be helped. Therapeutic course of treatments require about two to five sittings and it is advisable to consult Acupuncturist regarding this method of treatment.

7. HEAD NEEDLING METHOD
头针刺法

Usually can be observed as row of 10 to 18 needles inserted along the surface area of the head, treatments arranged for once daily or alternate days. From the research gathered by many TCM and Acupuncture hospitals and practitioners, this method renders good results for post stroke hemiplagia, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, post operative paralysis, vertigo, and loss of speech, trigeminal neuralgia, and cerebellum imbalance.

Neurological function disorders such as chorea, intelligence, and epilepsy. Others such as organ prolapsed and abnormal uterine bleeding can also be helped using this method.

Opposing side will be used for treatment, such as treatment will be applied on the left head if the hemiplagia occur on the right.

For more details on this method, please refer to the relevant books written by various professors who are familiar with this technique, such as Dr Jiao Shunfa and Prof Mingqing Zhu.

8. HUA TUO JIA JI METHOD华佗夹脊疗法

Using Jia Ji points, or 两边 (Liang Bian), distributed on both sides of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae, and can be observed as row of 18 to 28 needles inserted on either side, or observed as one straight row. Moxa cones or wool can be used too. Treatments can be applied daily or alternate days. Suitable for degenerative disorders, cervical spondylosis, inflammation of vertebrae, spinal column disorders, respiratory and blood vessels disorders, digestive disorders of liver and gall bladder, diabetes, myasthenia gravis, lower limbs paralysis, etc.

Applying the E System acupuncture theory, these sets of Jia Ji points can be used to treat the relative organs disorder along the path of spinal column, enabling the blood supply more nutrients to the acupoint and specific organs, and to enhance the body immune system.

9. BLOOD LETTING METHOD
放血疗法—类手术放血疗法

Also known as bleeding method, this is another ancient technique, using acupuncture techniques to bleed or “drain”, usually to activate blood and Qi, reduce swelling, disperse stagnation, and detoxify cases of inflammation, reduction of heat in Excessive disorders, complements Acupuncture Microsurgery for the surface in necessary cases. Needling methods such as 梅花针or 七星针Therapeutic course of treatments require 1 to 3 sittings.

Three-Edged Needle apply blood letting for dispersing a stasis三棱针–手术排血/放血疗法 Suitable for various emergency conditions, using 三棱针 (San Ling Zhen, otherwise known as Three-Edged Needle) to perform blood letting technique for disperse, relief the condition. San Ling Zhen blood letting method can be applied on emergency conditions such as Acute Laryngitis, Tonsilitis, heat stroke, apoplexy, Acute Pain syndrome or acute low back pain. Also suitable for acute gastrointestinal inflammation, etc.

Distal acupoints such as finger tips can be selected to apply blood letting for dispersing a stasis, or stagnation. This is common in stroke conditions or cerebral hemorrhage.

10. TRADITIONAL SUCTION / CUPPING METHOD
拔罐/角吸疗法

Used in promoting circulation of blood and Qi, pain relief, reduce swelling, dispel cold and dampness, often used for arthritis of wind-cold-dampness, acute sprains, cold syndromes, wind syndromes, acute gastrointestinal pain. Local area usually becomes sore, flushed or bruised, and is considered normal and will disappear after some time.

Colour is used to define various conditions in the TCM theory. After removal of the cup, the location may have a bruise or colored circular mark, indication of the condition related to the acupoint, the location or even the related organ.

If it is observed to be red, it can be explained as Heat or Blockage in the meridians & collaterals or internal organs being overactive. Dark red colour, sometimes accompanied with slight swelling, is another indication of Qi and blood blockage and stagnation in the meridians and channels, commonly found in cases of external injury, eg., like a bad fall, sports injury or traumatic accident.

If the location is observed as yellow, may be due to wind and dampness, can be found in rheumatic arthritis conditions, 痹症 Bi-Syndrome, disorders in the joints, four limbs, and affecting the meridians, organs or distal joints.

Greenish Purple – Cold and dampness, commonly found with very poor micro-circulation or numbness, usually some stimulation such as tapping or massage is applied before putting on the cups.

11. HEAT THERAPY / MOXIBUSTION
热疗/隔药物温灸

Can be applied through various instruments such as Hanging, Box, or applied direct onto the needle. Indirectly over a piece of ginger, salt or garlic.

Within 24 hours after Acupuncture treatment, the response of endocrine to perform homeostasis is high but gradually disperses after 72 hours. Therefore, it is advisable to follow instructions on the next treatment.

Acute illness has to be treated intensively daily or twice a day to obtain the required results.

For chronic and complicated cases it is advisable to continue treatment for 10-15 sittings as a course, or if necessary, as many as 30 sittings in one treatment course.

Sittings for prevention treatment and health improvement could be arranged for once a month or special arrangement for prevention treatment for acute seasonal attacks of asthma, bronchitis asthma and pre-menopause syndromes.

ECIWO Acupuncture Therapy is the latest way to explain Acupuncture. It means “Embryo Containing Information of the Whole Organism”, and is based on the Bioholography Law and Pan-Embryo Therapy. When this therapy is applied, the organic hormone for homeostasis is influenced. The duration of every treatment is 20-45 minutes with a course of 1-15 sittings. Depending on individual response to the treatment, some cases may see improvements

In Acute or Early onset of symptoms, usually 1 to 3 acupoints are selected without strong stimulation, without retaining the needles, because the acupoints will normally experience strong reaction to the stimulation during these periods.

Chronic or needle phobic, or weak physical constitution, 5 to 7 acupoints, without strong stimulation retain 30 to 45 minutes; additional stimulation may be applied during intervals.

In certain cases, the course of meridians and collaterals were selected, by inserting needles on opposite direction with the points, facing each other. Usually found on four limbs, using up to 16 to 32 needles. This can serve as “locking” the acupoint, reinforce or even to reduce the treatment effect.

Except traumatic injuries, the Nature Cure theory can assist the human body’s immune system overcome any disease (from ageing to cell changes) caused by imbalance hormones of insufficient endocrine.

These conditions cause malfunction of the body’s immune system, resulting in weak resistance. This, in turn, causes individual cells to grow abnormally, according to turmoil- based, or TCM theory. This can be rectified with acupuncture treatment and acupuncture microsurgery has proven to be effective in stimulating the body to produce substances for overcoming illnesses, as well as delaying ageing.

Ordinary Acupuncture, ECIWO Acupuncture, ECIWO Medicine and Ancient Acupuncture surgery are considered remedies with potential to conquer symptoms related to all kinds of diseases. From the first diagnosis the patient will be advised on the numbers of treatment needed and will be closely observed and monitored during the course of treatment.

The conclusion that (except for cases like bone fracture, old age and collapse of the Yin and Yang disease) Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine based on the latest Embryonic ECIWO Therapy receives good response than conventional medicine and in comparison produces far fewer side effects it is the natural way of cure for sicknesses.

Color Blindness

color beads
By Shandong Science And Technology Press (1985)

Clinically, there are two types of color blindness – congenital and acquired. The common causes of acquired color blindness are optic atrophy, intoxication of alcohol or tobacco, weakness of visual activity or other fundus diseases.

Only congenital color blindness will be discussed in this chapter.

Symptoms and Signs

The primary disturbance is loss of perception of two or one fundamental color. Congenital color blindness occurs more in the males. It generally affects both eyes, is often hereditary in nature.

Treatment

A Points:
Group 1: Yiming, Zanzhu, and Qiuhou
Group 2: Jingming, Taiyang, and Fengchi

B Procedure: the method of inserting needles is the same as for cataract. Retain the needles for 30 minutes. Manipulate the needle once every 5 ~ 10 minute. Remedy given once daily. Each 7 ~ 10 times of treatment is a therapeutic course, with the internal of every 2 ~ 3 days between courses.

C Case example

Nov 24, 1969, O.P.D. patient Pong, male, 17 years old, a student.

Partial achromatopsia revealed in routine physical examination. Visual acuteness 1.5 o.u. Visual perception of red and green colors recovered after 1 course of remedy and all color perception recovered after 2 courses. Patient was recruited into the army next year.

Remarks

Color perception is formed in the retina cones. There are three kinds of cones which can concept the color red, blue, and purple respectively, causing the chemical reactions and nervous impulses which are transmitted through the optic nerve into the brain. Any disturbance on the pathway given above may cause color blindness.

Till now, effective drug for treating color blindness has not been discovered, but good results of acupuncture in treating this disease have been reported. For example there was a report by Tianjin First Central Hospital about the result of treating 19 cases of color blindness, among whom, 6 cases cured, 2 cases markedly improved, and 5 cases mild improvement. Another report dealt with the good result was written by Shanxi Chinese Traditional Medical College.

It has been proved that penetration of points in eye region or neighboring area is very effective to treating color blindness. The results usually depend upon the acupuncture sensation, courses of therapy, patient’s age etc. The efficiency of treatment is directly proportional to the acupuncture sensation. A further therapeutic course should be given after effect appeared.

Acupuncture and the Addictions

smoking addiction

Acupuncture has been used in mainland China and the Far East for many years in the treatment of addictions, primarily, hard drugs.

Acupuncture and Smoking

What are the common withdrawal symptoms associated to stop-smoking (without the help of acupuncture)?

Withdrawal Symptoms>Duration Proportion>Affected 
Increase appetite >10 wks 70%
Craving > 2 wks 70%
Depression < 4 wks60%
Restlessness < 4 wks60%
Poor concentration < 2 wks 60%
Irritability/Aggression < 4wks 50%
Night time awakenings < 1 wk 25%
*Source: http//www.ash.org.uk/html/factsheets

What causes weight gain and craving after quitting?

The possibility of weight gain is often of particular concern to those who want to give up smoking. When nicotine, a chemical in cigarette smoke, leaves your body, you may experience:

” Short-term weight gain. The nicotine kept your body weight low, and when you quit smoking, your body returns to the weight it would have been had you never smoked.

” You might gain 3 to 5 pounds due to water retention during the first week after quitting.

” A need for fewer calories. After you stop smoking, you may use fewer calories than when you were smoking.

How can acupuncture help stop-smoking?

Probably the most common addiction the acupuncturist is called upon to treat is smoking. The basic principle as with all anti-addiction treatment is that the person should be willing to receive the help to give up – you cannot force someone to give up, nor should you, against their will.

The fundamental treatment is to stimulate acu-points which are capable of transmitting messages down nerve pathways to the brain, and instituting change in the chemistry of appetite.

If you take in a substance for long enough which is addictive, the encephalins or “brain chemical messengers” make room for it and allow it to become necessary to the chemical balance.

If you then remove the substance e.g., nicotine, and do not balance the chemistry, the brain is thrown into shock which causes what we all know as withdrawal symptoms (refer to table).

The acupuncture technique basically rebalances the chemistry, thus avoiding withdrawal symptoms. In effect, acupuncture balances and restores conditions to that which applied when you were a non-smoker.

In addition, it is also not uncommon for patients to leave the office feeling calm and relaxed. Patients usually won’t crave food, as when necessary, we will also treat the mouth and pancreas point.

Within a few hours your body begins to heal itself. The carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system rapidly disappears. Your heart and lungs begin to repair the damage caused by smoking. Your sense of taste and smell will return.

Your smoker’s hack will disappear and your digestion will return to normal. You will climb a flight of stairs without being winded. Best of all, you will feel alive, clear headed, full of energy, and breathing easier.

Very frequently, after acupuncture, many smokers also experience an unpleasant taste in the mouth, which gets aggravated with cigarettes. They will have no more desire to smoke.

Main Points Selected
ECIWO Lung – Lu 7 – H 7

Acute Conjunctivitis

Eyes

It is an acute communicable eye disease infected by bacteria or virus, usually occurred in the spring and autumn.

Symptoms and Signs:

The primary symptom of this disease is redness of conjunctivae with increasing of secretion.

In mild cases, only congestion appears in retrotarsal fornix and the palpebra conjunctiva, while in those of acute cases, generalized congestion of eyeball associated, and mucoid or mucopurulent discharge may be presented.

Swelling of lids, itching sensation, foreign body sensation, photophobia, heating sensation, headache etc may be associated.

Treatment

Points: Taiyang, Jingming, Fengchi, Hegu, Ear Lobule (for taking blood)

Procedure: Puncture Taiyang with three edged needle, if there is blood stasis around the Taiyang.

If there is no blood stasis around Taiyang, penetrate Taiyang, Jingming and Fengchi till bleeding. Take few drops of blood from ear lobule, then drop it into the diseased eyes, and puncture Jingming, Fengchi and Hegu afterward.

Let patient lie on his back and close the eyes, penetrate Jingming 0.5 ~ 1cm in depth, which is a point easily bleeding, therefore, insertion of needle must be gentle. Fast twirling and lifting needle is contraindicated, but scraping the needle is appreciated. Ask patient to be in sitting position after the needle has been inserted.

In penetrating Fengchi, the needle should be toward left for the right eye, and toward right for the left eye. The depth of needle insertion is 0.5 ~ 1 inch and twirling the needle during puncturing.

Hegu is penetrated with needle toward Laogong. Twirling and scraping technique are used.

Retaining the needles in above remedy are 30 ~ 60 minutes. Manipulate the needle once every 15 ~ 20 minutes. Acupuncture given once every 2 ~ 3 days for seven cases, and once a day for usual cases.

Case example:

Oct 3, 1963, O.P.D. patient Wang, female 29 years of age, a peasant.

Lacrimation and itching of both eyes for 3 days.

Examination revealed swelling of lids, redness of conjunctivae. Purulent discharge occurred. Patient had her head with her arms for intolerable pain. The diagnosis was acute conjunctivitis. In treatment, puncture blood stasis area in Taiyang point till bleeding. Take few drops of blood from ear lobule and drop into the eye.

Puncture Jingming, Fengchi and Hegu with retaining the needle for 1 hour. Manipulated the needle once every 20 minutes.

Thirty minutes of penetration led the improvement of headache and painful sensation of eyes.

Patient could open here eyes after puncture. Acupunctures were given twice with interval of 6 hours.

On the next day, headache and swelling of lids lost redness of conjunctiva reduced. Remedy was given once again.

Oct 6, that was the third visit, treatments were given 3 times. All symptoms lost except lacrimation. Fengchi, Taiyang and Jingming were punctured and were manipulated as above.

Retaining the needle for 30 minutes. Needle was manipulated once every 10 minutes. Remedy was given every other day since then.

Two further treatments were given for strengthening the effect.

Remarks:

In Chinese traditional medicine, acute conjunctivitis was called “Tian Xing Chi Yan” or “Bao Fa Huo Yan”. It’s local name is “Hong Yan”.

This disease has been recognized in Chinese traditional medical book. A “Precious Book of Ophthalmology” as following: “The communicable diseases become fashionable in hot weather, thus triple warms are excited … those phlegm fire heat diseases are infected to every body.

The pathogenesis described in “Essentials of Ophthalmology” was “The acute contagious epidemic conjunctivitis is due to transmission of toxic air to the human body.

Treatments described in “A Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion” were: “Redness and painful sensation are in relation to Tianzhu, while the impairment of vision and itching of eyes are in relation to Jingming.”

“Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion” considered: “ In treating swelling, congestion and itching pain of eyes, Zanzhu, Hegu, Yingxiang, may be used.”

The principles of treating acute conjunctivitis are to clear away the heat evil and wind; relieve swelling and pain; calm the liver; expel the heat evil; clean the blood and expel the toxic substances.

Puncture of Taiyang, Sizhukong and Tongziliao till bleeding can clean the blood and expel toxic substances, relieve pain and swelling.

Fengchi locates on the across of channels of Hand-Shaoyang, gallbladder channel of Foot-Shaoyang and Yangwei Mai. Channels of liver and gall bladder are related to each other superficially and internally, therefore, penetration of Fengchi may both calm the liver expel the heat evil and clean away the wind.

Hegu is a point belonging to large intestine channel and promote sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface.

Jingming is the point specialized in treating eye diseases. Penetration of Jingming can clear the wind, expel heat evil and improve the visual acuity.

Blood taken from ear lobule dropping into eye, may control inflammation and eliminate the nebula with good effect.

Regulate The Immunology Function

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Thousand years ago, the Chinese had already discovered how to make use of Chinese herbs to balance the body Yin & Yang system and the use of needles on the body to eliminate pain and cure diseases to perfect health.

In 1963, a roundstone needle, which is determined as the primitive tool for acupuncture therapy, was unearthed in the relics of the Neolithic Age at Toudaowa, Dolun Banner, and Inner Mongolia. Therefore, the origin of Bianshi can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, which was four to ten thousand years ago.

The cumulative clinical experience on human being and the time-tested theories constitute the most comprehensive medical system.

The application of acupuncture treatment consists of using needle to stimulate the acupoints and using moxibustion on the superficial area, to re-activate the body function, growth and to influence the internal organs to perform self-healing.

It remains the world’s oldest, safest treatment that has no side effect and does not disrupt the body physiological function. Therefore the international medical fraternity had increasingly treasured acupuncture.

The Important Effect of Acupuncture in Regulating the Immunology Function

Moxibustion on the kidney point of rat everyday for 30 minutes for 7 consecutive days could remarkably overcome epidemic haemorrhage fever virus (EHFV), as well as increase the function of cytophagy in the abdominal cavity of the rat.

Experiment on lymphocyte function shown that, rats being treated with moxibustion, are observed to have higher reproduction reaction of their spleen cells, which help induce Con A and IL2 in normal rat and the ones that had inflammation – infected rat. This proved that moxibustion increases the cellular immunity and improve the function of anti-inflammation.

In a case study, involving the use of Chinese herbs such as Fu-Zi (aconite root), Rou-Gui (cinnamon bark), Hong-Hua (safflower) etc and made into a “cake”, placed on acupoints Zhongwan (Ren 12), Qihai (Ren 6), Zusanli (St 36), Tienshu (St 25), Dachangshu (Ub 25) etc to treat 41 cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The total effective rate was 92.4% effectively higher than the corresponding groups in the western medicine, of which the total effective rate, was 62.5%.

This explains how indirect moxibustion with Chinese herbs could regulate the T cell subclassification and the immunology function. This treatment guides and adjusts the immunology function of the IBS patient effectively.

A Japanese scholar, Mr Xiao Yuan Zao Er, did a research on 12 elderly people age between 66-92. He selected acupoints Zhongwan (Ren 12), Tienshu (St 25), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36), Sanyinjiao (Sp 6), Feishu (Ub 13), Ganshu (Ub 18), Pishu (Ub 20), Shenshu (Ub 23) etc. and performed acupuncture treatment twice a week for 2 months. The result was lymphocyte CD3, CD4 and CD4/CD8 appeared to increase significantly.

Research was done on malignant tumor patients with low cellular immunity. As a major means of effective therapy, radiation and chemotherapy not only destroy malignant tumor cells; it severely damaged the normal cells at the same time. Thus, it further reduces the body immunity system. After radiation and chemotherapy, CD2, CD4 had decreased, CD8 normal, CD4/CD8 declined.

Needling on acupoints Quchi (Li 11), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36) etc increased CD2, CD4. No effect on CD8. As a result, improving CD4/CD8 disorder, hence, enhance the immunity of the cell.

Cancerous patients were given moxibustion on Dazhui (Du 14), Feishu (Ub 13), and Pishu (Ub 20) twice a week, each time 3 zhuang (direct-moxa). One month later, it was found that the T-cell and T cell subclassification do not have significant changes. However, the ratio of the T-inhibit/killer cells had increased significantly.

Malignant tumor patients have a decline of T cell subclassification, IL-2 (Interleukin-2) and high number of inactive Natural killer cell. After needling, results revealed significant improvement and regulating T-lymphocyte and T cell subclassification, and enhance the IL-2 and natural killer cell activity.

Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) level in serum dropped significantly, this shown that needling can intensely stop the manifestation of the TNF in blood. Thus, reducing the danger of pathology changes of TNF, which occurred after the acute cerebral infarction. Therefore needling had double effects of preventing further development of thrombus, which in turn provide protection of the brain.

Needling on specific acupoint could significantly enhance the immunity adhesion activity of red cells organism even after 24hrs. By using wheat-seed moxibustion (mai li jiu direct moxa) once a day for 15 treatments, could significantly increase the red blood cell C3b and cell IC Rossette formation rate. Moxibustion therefore has been recommended and is an important practice to regulate immunity and for anti-aging.

Rat that has been given indirect moxibustion with salt on acupoint Shenque (Ren 8), has seen an increase in Natural killer cell activity (NK). This method was repeated within 48 hour before the Natural killer cell activity (NK) starts to decline to prevent lapse of NK activity and sustaining it at a much higher level.

As in the case of asthmatic patient, the value of T cell Subclassification, CD3, CD4, CD4/CD8 not only declined but also led to lower NK cell activity. By adopting ” ge jiang jiu shenque ” (indirect moxibustion with ginger) once a day for 30 days consecutively, it was noticed that both the value of CD3, CD4, CD4/CD8 and NK cell activity had risen in varied degrees.

In the case of healthy person, by having acupuncture on Shangjuxu (St.37) for 12 consecutive days, it had shown that both serum Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and Immunoglobulin A (IgA) had increased comparatively prior to needling session.

Among them, IgG had enhanced significantly vis-a-vis Ig A. However IgM do not have any changes fundamentally. For a normal person, having needling on acupoints such as Zusanli (St 36), Dazhui (Du 14), Tienshu (St 25), Quchi (Li 11) etc. Their Immunoglobulin had increased within 3 days and was maintained at the same level for more than 12 days.

Needling on acupoint Hegu (Li 4) on a healthy person has successfully induced interferons (IFN) while moxibustion bring out the effect of interferon¡¯s and has up to 8 hrs of effectiveness in antigen carrier of no symptom hepatitis B Virus (HBV).

Research has proven that acupuncture can effectively induce IFN against Newcastle disease virus (NDV.)

In another word, under the condition of viral infections, acupuncture could further enhance the effects of anti-virus mechanism effectively. It has shown that while applying the enhancement induction effect on the IFN of the rat¡¯s, moxibustion is stronger than needling. Both weak stimulation and strong stimulation could further enhance the induction effect of rat¡¯s IFN. However, weak stimulation seems to produce better results.

Case Report (1)

Mr. Sit Singapore Age: 28 Reg. no. : 910112 Date : 09.01.91

Hospital Diagnose: Tongue Cancer

After undergoing surgery, Mr. Seet felt that his tongue had hardened, thus causing difficulty in speaking. Other symptoms were swelling of the throat, red tongue, rapid pulse and icy-cold hands and feets. He was referred to me by one of my Qigong students. Qigong is practice with the objective to improve the body’s immune system.

Besides Qigong, I suggested acupuncture treatment to alleviate his symptoms. Treatment concentrated on Zhaohai (K 6), E-system throat point, which was considered as one of the “roots of cancer”* located at the sole. After 10 treatments, his condition showed tremendous improvement. Whenever he felt any discomfort in the throat, he would seek acupuncture treatment.

When I saw him again in 1997, he confirmed that he was in excellent health and was getting married. In 1999, his wife gave birth to a healthy baby. He still visits me occasionally for treatment of minor cold and flu symptoms. After 13 years in Feb 2004, I was the first one he had in mind to consult when he needed treatment for respiratory tract infection.

Case Report (2)

Mdm Ver Indonesia Age : 44 Reg no. : 960323 Date : 18.03.96

Hospital diagnose: Breast Tumor

Patient suffered from post surgery symptoms for tumors in her left breast about 2 ¨C 3 ‘o clock in position. There was an inflammation and pain on the operated area and her wound could not healed completely. Her doctor from Indonesia referred her to me for 1 week of daily acupuncture treatments.

She flew back to Indonesia and came back to Singapore on 3 – 4 occasions to see me. Her pain subsided but there was still a yellow discharge and dark red blood oozing from her wound. So I advised her to see her doctor but she refused.

In 11 Jan 1999, she came to see me with the tiny wound that has not been completely healed from the last visit. The main acupoints were Zusanli (St 36), Zhouhai (K 6), Qichi (Li 11), Houxi (Si 3) and ECIWO liver and lung points at 2nd

metacarpal bone. Finally, after 6 treatments, the discharge was healed and she returned to her country.

Case Report (3)

Mdm Fa Age : 45 Singapore Reg no.: 940701 Date : 1-07-1994

Hospital diagnose: Breast Cancer

This patient suffered from mastectomy post syndrome after chemotherapy. The fingers and nails turned black, ulceration on the ankle, cold limbs, difficulty in breathing, chest pain and pain around the operated area, thready pulse, weak breath, blue-purple corpulent tongue. Her doctor cautioned her about the possibility of relapse.

She has been coming for my acupuncture treatments for the past 5 years for health maintenance & prevention treatments. Prescribed points were main points Zhaohai (K 6), Zusanli (St 36) and ECIWO kidney with direct moxibustion on Zusanli (St 36). Her latest medical check-up gave her a clean bill of health.

Throughout the year 1999 till 2002, she came to see me regularly for other complaints like flu, fever, sinusitis, cough, skin infection or chest pain.

In May 2004, she told me that she had hysterectomy due to uterus cancer.

Case Report (4)

Ms Nat Age : 32 Switzerland Reg no.: 9901/32 Date : 18-01-1999

Hospital diagnose: Hypoglycaemia/Epilepsy/Pancreas Cancer

This patient had suffered from fainting spell for the past 10 years. She also complained of uncontrollable emotions and needed food every 2 ¨C 3 hours due to hypoglycemia. Before consulting me, she was treated in Germany and Switzerland and was suspected of having cancer in her pancreas. She underwent operation and examination but doctors could not confirm her condition.

She came to see me in Singapore and I gave her treatment with the E-System acupuncture on Zusanli (St 36), Zhongwan (Ren 12), Touwei (St 8) and ECIWO stomach and pancreas at 2nd metacarpal bone. After 18 treatments, her symptoms almost disappeared.

In 20 July 1999, my family and I visited her home in Switzerland. She gratefully informed me that her condition was well under control. In 14 Nov. 1999, she came to see me in Singapore for 10 days of maintenance treatments.

In June 2004, when I traveled to Zurich for an outpatient trip, she visited me together with her family. I was told that her health was doing very well.

Case Report (5)

Dr Ma Age: 43 Indonesia Reg no.: 9203/53 Date: 24.3.1992

Hospital diagnose: Colon Cancer

Patient is a dentist based in Jakarta. She came to Singapore and consulted me that she was diagnosed with colon cancer but did not want western medication. She was using food cure remedy and was eager to seek acupuncture as an alternative treatment to help her.

From the auricular diagnose, I found that not only the tumor points T 1, T 2, T 3 * were hyperactive, her appendix area was also highly sensitive. Her tongue and face looked pale, which was due to anemia, poor energy force and lack of vital energy (qi). On her first visit, she requested for a diagnosis only.

A few months later, she decided to come back to undergo my treatment program, which constituted a course of 15 sittings. She sensed a great improvement and she felt more energy flow in her body, her bowel movements were smooth and her facial complexion looked healthier.

The points prescribed were E-System large intestine, kidney point at 2nd metacarpal bone and cancer point on the sole of the foot. The patient returned to Jakarta.

A few months later, she also brought her friend who had suffered from cancer to see me in Singapore. She had told her friend that her colon cancer was cured by my treatment. Since then she had been recommending patients to me. She visited me again in June 2002; Unfortunately, I was out of town.

Case Report (6)

Mdm Jar Age : 50 Thailand Reg no. : 961250 Date : 30.12.96

Hospital Diagnose: Nose cancer / Nose bleeding / Uterine bleeding

Patient was found to have developed nose cancer and her doctor in Hong Kong recommended radiation therapy.

Unfortunately, the waiting list was too long and her condition was extremely serious. She was referred by one of my patient, Mrs. Her from the French women association to try my acupuncture treatment and have radiation in one of the hospital in Singapore.

Her symptoms include thirst, having gastric pain, uterine bleeding and frequent profuse bleeding from the nose. When her doctors were unable to cure it, she decided to seek acupuncture treatment.

I arranged a treatment program consisting of 14 sittings and concentrated on acupoints Xuehai (Sp 10), Yinbai (Sp 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2) and E-System lung point.

Two years later, when she spent her holiday in Singapore together with her eldest son, she came to look for me. I could not recognize her because she looked more youthful than before. I was told that she was in excellent health.

Case Report (7)

Mdm Pru Age : 55 Australia Reg no. : 860739 Date : 23.07.86

Hospital diagnose: 25 years colitis / ECIWO growth on the face

Patient was suffering from colitis for about 25 years. But lately she had blood in her bowels and doctor was concerned that it might develop into cancer.

E-system intestine points were selected Zusanli (St 36), Shangjuxu (St 37), and Tianshu (St 25). Hot needling were performed on acupoints Yingxiang (Li 20), Dicang (St 4), Quanliao (Si 18) located on her face and hook needles on the sole C2 of the intestine and colon which are carcinoma points. The carcinoma points were an indication of ” root of cancer.”

15 years later, she came to Singapore and paid a visit at my clinic. It was with great surprise and pleasure to see that she was in the pink of health.

Case Report (8)

Miss Elis Age: 28 Australia Reg no.: 921142 Date: 25.11.92

Hospital diagnose: 1st stage cervix cancer

After examination from the doctor, she was found to have 1st stage cervix cancer. She sought laser treatments from her gynecologists as well as other kind of treatments but there were no signs of improvement. As a result, she came to see me.

The diagnosis finding was positive on both her kidney and lower abdominal areas. Therefore, I selected acupoints stomach, kidney and lower abdominal points on 2nd metacarpal bone and Sanyinjiao (Sp 6), Guanyuan (Ren 4) and Shenshu (Ub 23).

In 12th December 1993, her endoscopy report showed no signs of cancerous finding in her cervix.

In December 1999, she visited my clinic. She told me that her recent examination result was still perfect.

Case Report (9)

Mdm Ren Age: 61 Germany Reg no. : 8711-01 Date : 3.11.87

Hospital diagnose: Carcinoma of mammary gland

The patient doctor discovered that there were multiple growths in her breast 15 years ago. From 1976 ¨C1981 she underwent 20 operations and had removed almost 25 glands. Out of the 25 glands, 5 were confirmed to be cancerous.

In 3 November 1987, she decided to seek acupuncture treatment. I treated her using E-System lung, stomach and large intestine points. In addition, carcinoma points on the sole were selected, otherwise also known as C1 & C3.

She visited me again in 1998. To my surprise, she was still alive and healthy. She even told me that she only believed in my acupuncture treatment and does not want any other medical treatment again.

Case Report (10)

Ms Shi Age: 47 Japan Reg no. : 9512/38 Date: 22.12.95

Hospital diagnoses: Post-Hysterectomy/ Vision disorders

In July 1995, patient suffered from blindness after she had a hysterectomy in one of the hospital in Singapore. After a series of CT scan and MRI scan, there were no special findings. She had consulted many specialists and underwent hospital treatment program for the past few months but did not feel much improvement.

When the hospital in Japan were closed during the Christmas and New Year seasons, she came to see me in Singapore for acupuncture treatment in 22nd December 1995, She was referred to me by one of my students.

I discovered that both her kidney and liver were hyperactive. Therefore 15 treatments were arranged. The acupoints selections were related to the eyes using E-system kidney, liver and gall bladder.

In 3rd February 1996 during Lunar New Year, she came back for another 13 sittings. Points selection were the same as above with additional point for the eyes at Taiyang, Yangbai (Gb 14), Chengqi (St 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2) as a “box-square system” of acupuncture to further stimulate the embryonic properties for continuous growth in the eye region.

The patient felt great improvement after the treatment and she informed me that she intended to discharge herself from the hospital treatment program when she returned to Japan.

From 8th April to 12 May 1996, she came back again for a course of 12 acupuncture treatments. Towards the end of her treatment, she regained some of her vision.

The points selections were similar to the first and second treatments with additional head points on Touwei (St 8), Chengjiang (Ren 24), and Baihui (Du 20). These serial points have a high and effective response in improving the eye functions.

In August 1999, I asked about her from my student and was informed that her vision has been back to normal.

Case Report (11)

Ms Elv Age: 22 Russia Reg no.: 981013 Date: 14.10.1998

Hospital diagnose: Ovarian Cyst

Patient was diagnosed with a 4cm ovarian cyst by her hospital doctor in 10 Oct 1998 she was advised to have surgery. She was referred to me by one of my former patients who claimed that she had suffered from a similar case and was cured by me.

Therefore, I recommended her a course of 10 treatments. After her 4th treatment on the 24 Oct 1998, she went back to her hospital doctor for a scan again and her report showed that her ovarian cyst had disappeared. I used treatment points with the E-System acupuncture on Qihai (Ren 4) and ECIWO lower abdomen at the Tibia on the right and ECIWO kidney point on the 2nd metacarpal bone.

Case Report (12)

Ms Ing Age: 31 Netherlands Reg no.: 930528 Date : 16.05.1993

Hospital diagnose: 1st stage cervix cancer

In 1987, she came to Singapore with her husband. They had 2 children. In 1993 May, she was diagnosed with 1st stage of squamous cell carcinoma of cervix.

She became very worried of her condition that it will aggravate; therefore she came to consult me for acupuncture treatment with the hope to increase her immune system.

Patient also suffered from throat discomfort, coughing with green phlegm. Her face was pale, physically weak and thin, had thready pulse, a syndrome of deficiency in both qi and blood. She was also under another doctor¡¯s treatment and was under medication for hypothyroid.

The auricular diagnosed showed positive reaction on urinary bladder and uterus, which were hypersensitive. A course of 15 sittings were performed on acupoints Qihai (Ren 6), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Zhongji (Ren3), Sanyinjiao (Sp6) supplementary points on Taichong Liv3 and Zhaohai (K6).

On 7 July 1993, she came to see me again. I was told that her hospital examination had confirmed that the squamous cell carcinoma in the cervix had reduced to a size of a white spot. She continued with preventive treatments until she had fully

recovered. Around 1996, she migrated to United States.

On 26 August 2004, she visited me with her grown-up children and confirmed that she is a healthy person and has no sickness now.

Case Report (13)

Mr Foo Age: 31 Singapore Reg no.: 030328 Date : 11.03.2003

Hospital diagnose: Fibrosarcoma / Tumor

Patient is an interior designer. There was a about 7x3cm cyst on his left thigh, inner media near acupoint xuehai. Due to the pain, he had difficulty to move around and effected his work.

In the past 12 years, he had undergone 3 operations to remove recurrence of cyst. During each operation, he had to be hospitalized for 1-3 months.

In May ¡¯03 he was distressed that the cyst recurred but does not want to be hospitalize anymore. His client, Mr. Hannes, from Switzerland who was also my patient referred him to see me. His condition improved after a course of acupuncture treatments.

He consulted me again from 17 Dec 2003 to 05 Jan 2004. He had fever, swelling and extreme hardness, pain from the cyst and had difficulty in walking. He had rapid and superficial pulse rate.

My treatment program was performing mircro-cut therapy* to remove the discharge. The acupoint prescribed were local point, a box system theory*, supplement with acupoints Yinlinquan (Sp 9), Sanyinjiao (Sp 6). At the same time, herbal supplement Chinese Ganoderma Lucidum Essence was prescribed to boost his immune system.

After the treatment, brown, dark waste and blood continue to bleed for about 3 days. He refused to go to the hospital for further observation so I advised him to seek private clinic for dressing.

In 31 August 2004, when I phoned him to find out his situation, he said that the lesion had covered-up completely and there was no more cyst and problem with his legs.

Case Report (14)

Mr. Zih Johore Age: 58 Reg no.: 020612 Date : 23.05.2002

Hospital diagnose: Lung carcinoma

On May 2002, The Yantai TCM Hospital in China diagnosed the patient with Lung CA. The CT scan showed the mass was 5.3cm x 4.00cm had compressed the right middle lope bronchus and the right pulmonary vessels.

The patient repeated the scan with another hospital. Diagnosis upon Transbronchial Biopsy revealed Non-Small Cell Carcinoma compatible with squamous cell carcinoma,lympho-epithelial type. Multi-tumor marker finding was negative.

In Beijing, the patient took Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong, Tuona practicing (respiration regulating Technique) and had daily acupuncture treatments for 2 weeks.

Patient went for another CT scan, which showed the mass had reduced in size. On the 3rd week onward, he underwent 20 sittings of radiation therapies, Chinese herbal immune system therapy and acupuncture treatments.

3 weeks later, the mass was reduced again. The mass almost disappeared after 9 months. 2 years later, CT scan showed the lungs were cleared.

The Chinese herbal medicine which patients took was Qi Bei Fei An Wan Fang, Chansuzhueye, Yadanzi, Chinese Ganoderma Lucidum Essence etc. Suggested acupoints were E-system Lung and Throat at metacarpal bone, Zusanli (St 36), Dazhui (Du14), Feishu (Ub 13) and Auricular Lung & Throat point. Direct moxibustion on Zusanli (St 36) twice a week. In addition, food remedy such as white butter, Jew¡¯s ear, Kiwi and Asparagus will aids in recovery.

This patient who suffered from LUNG CA had consulted many medical professor in various hospitals of China in Shandong, Tianjing, Beijing and Shanghai to seek for a cure. All reckon the first choice is to undergo operation and chemotherapy to remove the lung mass/growth.

* Note :

Root of Cancer ¨C located on the foot/soles for anti-carcinoma. By Pricking and cutting with hooked needle or small needle with acupuncture technique.

ECIWO ¨C an embryo containing the information of the whole organism. There are 11 ECIWO points altogether located at the 2nd metacarpal bone. ECIWO is the new strategy of conquering cancers by strengthening the function of the body¡¯s immune system

E-System ¨C A long bone system that looks like the whole body.

T1, T2, T3 – an indication of turmor from the auricular point.

Micro-cut-therapy ¨C micro-surgery with the use of hook needle / sharp knife needle

Box Therapy ¨C 4-6 needles surrounding the local complaint or the related organs.

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Zhenjiu Yi Xue Yan Ji (pg 713-724) Author : Tian Chong Yi Published by Ke xue ji shu wen shang chu ban she Beijing 1985

ECIWO Biology Author : Zhang Yingqing Published by Neimenggu People¡¯s press 1987

Progress in ECIWO Biology and Its Applications to Medicine and Agronomy Edited by T. T. Ang & Shi Yuguang Published by Higher Education Press Beijing, China 1990

First International Congress of ECIWO Biology (Singapore Conference notebook) 1990
Author : T. T. Ang Published in Singapore 1990

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Late Development of Embryo System & Practical Notes Of TCM Acupuncture Published by Chinese Nature Cure Institute 1995 in conjunction with the Int¡¯l Congress of Chinese Med. & acupt 1995, S¡¯pore; Author : T T Ang

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Glaucoma

Eyes
The article is extracted  from English-Chinese Concise, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publishing House of Shanghai College of T.C.M. (1993)

Identification and Treatment

1 Upward Attack of Wind-Phlegm

Main Manifestations: Distending and splitting sensation in the eyes, splitting headache, nausea, vomiting, mixed congestion of the eyeball, misty correal edema, mydriasis with green-blue colour and rock hard eyeballs.

Therapeutic Method: Tonify the lung and soothe the liver.

Decoction: Ophiopogon root 30g, lucid asparagus root 30g, red tangerine peel 9g, poria 9g, prepared pinellia tuber 9g, sweet wormwood 9g, trichosanthes root 9g, licorice root 9g, wine-prepared flavescent sophora root 9g, gentian root 9g, areca seed 12g, fossil fragments 24g, and oyster shell 24g.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Prescribed Points: Taichong (Liv 3) (on both sides).

Method: Puncture the point with the strong stimulation and retain the needles for 20 – 40 minutes. Give the treatment once or twice each day.

Massage

Press and knead Fengchi (Gb 20) for 30 times. Scrape the eye orbits for 30 times. Knead Zanzhu (Ub 2), Jingming (Ub 1) and Taiyang (Ex 2) for 30 times respectively.  Heat the eyes for 30 seconds. Dig and knead Hegu (Li 4) for 30 times, and knead Taichong (Liv 3) and Ganshu (Ub 18) for 30 times respectively.

Cataract

eye
The article is extracted from English-Chinese Concise, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publishing House of Shanghai College of T.C.M. (1993)

Identification and Treatment

1 Yin Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney.

Main Manifestations: Early cataract with senile debility, dizziness, tinnitus, and soreness of the low back. Red tongue with scanty coating or without coating, thready and rapid pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Nourish the liver and kidney.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese yam 9g, dogwood fruit 9g, moutan bark 9g, oriental water plantain rhizome 9g, poria 9g, schisandra fruit 9g, Chinese angelica root 9g, sesame seed 12g, mulberry fruit 12g, cassia seed 12g, and wolfberry fruit 12g.

External Treatment: Use the needle to dissect the cataract.

2 Deficiency of the Liver and Dampness of the Spleen

Main Manifestations: Early cataract, plumpy constitution, mental fatigue and lassitude, edema in lower limbs in the afternoon or after tiredness. Pale tongue, feeble pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Tonify the liver, strengthen the spleen and dry the damp.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese angelica root 9g, chuanxiong rhizome 9g, white peony root 9g, red tangerine peel 9g, prepared pinellia tuber 9g, raw licorice 9g, plantain seed (decocted in bag) 9g, betel nut 12g, chrysanthemum 12g, pleione rhizome 3g, and poria 9g.

Medicated Diet

1 Decoct 15g of Siberian solomonseal rhizome, 9g of wolfberry fruit, 3g of chrysanthemum flower, 18g of pearl shell, 9g of dried tangerine peel and a right amount of brown sugar in water. Take one dose daily, for 10 – 15 days successively. The decoction is applied to the type of kidney yin deficiency.

2 Wrap 3g of bat’s feces, 30g of Chinese yam, 9g of dodder seed in a piece of cloth. Add 2500ml of water and boil the drugs until 1500ml of decoction is left. Then, put 60g of polished round grained rice and right amount of brown sugar into the decoction to make gruel after removing the dregs. Take the gruel a dose a day, 15 – 20 doses successively. The recipe is suitable for the type of deficiency of both the liver and spleen.

3 Have 10 sparrows. Get rid of their feathers, wings, claws and beaks, and smash their intestines, stomachs, bones and flesh together. Have magnetite 30g calcined and dipped into vinegar repeatedly for 7 times, and then grind it into fine powder. Grind medicated leaven 30g into fine powder after it is fired. Grind halite 30g and desert living cistanche 30g into powder after they have been soaked in wine and wine-fried. Grind dodder seed 90g into powder after it has been soaked in wine for 3 days and dried under the sunlight. Make pills with all the above powder and a right amount of rice wine and honey by refining them into soft extract, with each pill in 0.6g. Take 20 pills each time, twice a day, after being infused with warm wine. Take them for several days successively.

Nebula (Mu Yi)

Eye

There is much confusion as to what is YI (nebula) in ancient medical records of ophthalmology. Nebula refers to the cataract on the back of the eye and a clouding of the eye. Nebula discussed in this section refers to the clouding of the back of the eye (cornea). There are two types of nebula: new and old. New nebula refers to keratitis and corneal ulcer in western medicine. No matter how thick or thin the nebula is, it will influence the eyesight, if the nebula is in the pupillary zone. The principle for treating this disease is improving acuity of vision and removing nebula.

Etiology and Pathogenesis

Nebula results from the injury of the back of the eye, or an infection of noxious evils leading to an inflammation of the cornea with a scar left after being cured. It is thought in Chinese Medicine that the pathogensis of this disease is an exogenous invasion of wind heat or upward disturbance of heat in the liver and gallbladder.

Differentiation

The scar left after an inflammation is smooth on the surface with a clear boundary and different in thickness. That which is not cured may appear redness of the eyes and lacrimation. The thickness of the nebula is like congealed fat, patients may include the following symptoms headache, photophobia, constipation and dark urine, a yellow tongue coating and a slippery and rapid pulse.

Treatment

Treatment Principle: Improving acuity of vision and removing nebula

Acupoint Selection: Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2), Sibai (St 2), Fengchi (Gb 20), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36).

Explanation: Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2), Sibai (St 2) and Fengchi (Gb 20) can be used to expel pathogenic wind and dredge the meridians, improve acuity of vision and remove nebula. It is said in Internal Classic (Nei Jing) that the essence of the Five Zang and Six Fu is produced by the spleen, and nourishes the eyes. Therefore, select Hegu (Li 4) and Zusanli (St 36) to regulate the spleen and stomach so as to improve acuity of vision and remove nebula.

Method: Puncture Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2), Sibai (St 2) and Fengchi (Gb 20) lightly, retaining the needles. Give Hegu (Li 4) and Zusanli (St 36) moderate stimulation with even method and retain the needles for 20 – 30 minutes. Treat once a day or once every other day. Ten times constitutes one course of treatment.

Ancient and Contemporary Empirical Points

1 A Collection of Medical Experience on Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Zhen Jiu Yi Xue Yan Ji). The principal points for treating keratitis and corneal ulcer are Zanzhu (Ub 2), Sizhukong (Sj 23), Yangbai (Gb 14), Jingming (Ub 1), Tongziliao (Gb 1) and Sibai (St 2). The supplementary points are Hegu (Li 4) and Zusanli (St 36). Puncture the points with moderate stimulation, retain the needles for 30 minutes, once a day. Ten times constitutes one course.

2 Acupoint Diagnosis and Needling Therapy (Xue Wei Zhen Duan Yu Zhen Ci Liao Fa). Select Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2), Fengchi (Gb 20) and Hegu (Li 4) for keratitis, corneal ulcer, nebula of cornea and spot nebula. Puncture the points once a day or every other day.

3 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy in Ophthalmology (Yan Ke Zhen Jiu Liao Fa). Select Jingming (Ub 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Sibai (St 2), Juliao (St 3), Hegu (Li 4), Daling (P 7), Zusanli (St 36), Dazhui (Du 14), Ganshu (Ub 18), Feishu (Ub 13), Danshu (Ub 19) and Shenshu (Ub 23) for phlyctenular keratoconjunctivitis. Moxibustion may be applied to the last five points in severe cases.

Select Jingming (Ub 1), Hegu (Li 4), Ganshu (Ub 18) and Yuwei for catarrhal keratitis. Give moderate stimulation every day. Select Chengqi (St 1), Taiyang (Ex 2), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Yangbai (Gb 14), Sibai (St 2), Juliao (St 3), Jiache (St 6), Dicang (St 4), Baihui (Du 20), Fengchi (Gb 20), Yifeng (Sj 17) and Hegu for neuroparalytic keratitis, give moderate stimulation on the healthy side and slight stimulation on the diseased side, and moxibustion may also be applied (but give acupuncture only on the first three points).

Treat once a day or every other day. Select Zanzhu, Taiyang, Feishu, Ganshu, Shenshu, Quchi (Li 11), Hegu, Zusanli (St 36), Yifeng and Heliao (Sj 22) for herpetic keratitis, apply acupuncture to the first two points, the others may be treated by both acupuncture and moxibustion. Select Jingming (Ub 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Tongziliao (Gb 1), Sibai (St 2), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36), Guangming (Gb 37), Fengchi (Gb 20), Dazhui (Du 14), Ganshu (Ub 18), Shenshu (Ub 23) and Gaohuang (Ub 43) for scar of cornea (nebula of cornea), moxibustion may be added to Dagukong (Ex) and Xiaogukong (Ex).

4 Complete Collection of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Zhen Jiu Ji Cheng). Select Shangxing (Du 23), Baihui (Du 20), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Sizhukong (Sj 23), Jingming (Ub 1), Tongziliao (Gb 1), Taiyang and Hegu (Li 4) for red and swelling nebula of the eyes. Prick Neiyingxiang (Ex) to cause bleeding.

5 New Acupuncture and Moxibustion Science (Xin Zhen Jiu Xue). Select Yangbai (Gb 14), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Jingming (Ub 1), Sizhukong (Sj 23), Tongziliao (Gb 1), Touwei (St 8), Toulinqi (Gb 15), Fengchi (Gb 20), Baihui (Du 20), Ganshu (Ub 18), Houxi (Si 3) and Yifeng (Sj 17) for neuroparalytic keratitis.

6 Great Compendium of Acupuncture and   Moxibustion (Zhen Jiu Da Cheng). Select Zanzhu (Ub 2), Houxi (Si 3) and Yemen (Sj 2) for red nebula (blood vessel nebula).

7 Complete Works of Jingyue (Jingyue Quan Shu). Put seven moxa-cones on Yifeng (Sj 17) point for white and red nebula.

8 A Valuable Manual of Ophthalmology (Shen Shi Yao Han). Nebula occurred at the early stage can be cured, first puncture Jingming (Ub 1) and Hegu (Li 4) continuously 3 times, then puncture Taiyang and Guangming  (Gb 37) with the same way.

9 A Prescription Work on Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Zhen Jiu Chu Fang Ji). Select Jingming (Ub 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Xuanli (Gb 6), Tonggu (Si 18), Yindu (K 19), Neiguan (P 6), Shangqu (K 17), Gaohuangshu (Ub 43) and Zhongzhu (K 15) for keratitis.

Other Therapies

1 Moxibustion

Point Selection: Yangxi (Li 5)

Method: Use garlic-indirected moxibustion. Select a slice of garlic about 1.5cm in diameter and 0.1cm in thickness (or a slice of fresh ginger) with holes pricked on it. Put a moxa-cone the size 08 like a piece of soya bean on it and light it. Give moxibustion to Yangxi on the right side for the disease occurring on the left, and vice versa. Give moxibustion to Yangxi on both sides for disease occurring in both eyes. Put 6 – 7 moxa-cones each time, once or twice a day for 3 – 5 days. Do not apply eye drops or take medicine.

2 Catgut Implantation at Acupoint

Point Selection: Select Jingming (Ub 1), Qiuhou (Ex 7), Jianyang (Ex) and Chengqi (St 1) as main points, and Ganshu (Ub 18), Shenshu (Ub 23), Guangming (Gb 37) and Wanli (Ex) as supplementary points.

Method: Select one main point and 1 or 2 supplementary points each time, once every four days or every two weeks. Five times constitutes one course of treatment. Begin another course of treatment after one month of rest.

3 Chinese Medicine

For keratitis, take Longdan Xiegan Wan (Bolus of Radix Gentianae for Purging Liver Fire).

For nebula of the cornea, take Boyun Tuiyi Wan (Bolus for Removing Nebula).

Notes

Keratitis should be treated at the early stage with antibiotic so as to avoid scars left on the diseased eye. Acupuncture treatment has a good effect on relieving spasm and pain. Treating nebula in combination with acupuncture and moxibustion can improve the therapeutic effect, shorten the course of treatment and lessen the sequela.

Ancient Medical Record

A Collection for Preserving life and the Mechanism of Diseases from Plain Questions (Su Wen Bing Ji Qi Yi Bao Ming Ji). Nebula is due to wind heat in the body, or spots in the eye. An overabundance of liver qi may scatter to affect the surface of the body, then nebula occurs. It is advisable to remove the nebula after the pathogenic factors are dispersed.

Sudden Blindness (Bao Mang)

man blind
Clinical Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Tianjin Science & Technology Translation & Publishing Corporation (1996)

Sudden blindness refers to a condition of sudden loss of vision of one eye or two eyes with normal appearance of the eyes, it is one of the “emergency cases” in the department of ophthalmology. It is seen in thrombosis of central vein of retina, thrombosis of central artery, retinal periphlebitis, hypertensive arteriosclerotic eyeground bleeding, diabetic eyeground bleeding, acute optic neuritis, retinal detachment, hysterical blindness and cortical psychic blindness in western medicine.

It is mostly caused by deficiency of qi and blood of qi and blood, or qi stagnation and blood stasis, or liver stagnation transforming into fire, which runs up to disturb the eyes. Therefore, the treatment principle for this disease includes invigorating qi and blood, resolving blood stasis by improving blood circulation, soothing the liver qi and clearing away pathogenic heat.

Etiology and Pathogenesis

  1. The impairment of seven emotions causes liver qi stagnation, which transforms into fire, then the fire runs up to the eyes, and leads to sudden loss of vision.
  2. Preference for alcohol and spicy food leads to accumulation of the stomach heat, which goes upward along with the liver qi. Qi stagnation and blood stasis block the eye system, or bleeding due to injury results in blood stasis in the meridians causing sudden blindness.
  3. Deficiency of qi and blood resulting from various chronic diseases leads to the unnourishment of the eyes, sudden blindness may occur.

Differentiation

Normal appearance of the eyes without any feeling of visual obstruction, or occasional distension of the eyes, headache or flying of mosquitoes and flies in front of the eyes at the beginning period, fluttering of the clouds and fog, visual redness, presence of a black figure with a covering like a piece of curtain, all of these may lead to sudden disease of the eyesight of one eye or two eyes, and then inability to distinguish between brightness and darkness and finally sudden loss of vision occur.

1 Liver Qi Stagnation Transforming into Fire (Gan Yu Hua Huo)

Vertigo, distending pain of the eyes, irritability, easy to fly into a rage, bitter taste in the mouth, a red tongue and a wiry and rapid pulse are symptoms and signs which may occur before the onset in case of liver stagnation transforming into fire.

2 Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis (Qi Zhi Xue Yu)

Distending pain of the eyes, visual redness, splitting headache, a dark purple tongue and a deep, choppy, wiry and slow pulse are due to qi stagnation and blood stasis. It may also be caused by trauma.

3 Deficiency of Qi and Blood (Qi Xue Liang Xu)

Pale complexion, softness and weakness of the voice, weakness of the four limbs, anorexia, a pale tongue and a weak pulse are the symptoms due to deficiency of qi and blood.

Treatment

1 Liver Qi Stagnation Transforming into Fire

Treatment Principle: Soothing the liver qi and clearing away heat

Acupoint Selection: Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2), Fengchi (Gb 20), Zusanli (St 36), Yanglingquan (Gb 34).

Explanation: Yanglingquan (Gb 34) can be used to soothe the liver qi and clear away heat, and Zusanli (St 36) promote flow of the stomach qi, ascend clearness and descend turbidness, and Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2) and Fengchi (Gb 20) dredge the meridians and collaterals of the eyes’ region. These points are applied together to purge the pathogenic fire of the liver and resolve the blood stasis.

Method: Puncture Yanglingquan (Gb 34) and Zusanli (St 36) perpendicularly 1.0 inch with even method, puncture Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2) and Fengchi (Gb 20) lightly. The needle sensation of Fengchi (Gb 20) point should radiate to the eyes.

2 Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis

Treatment Principle: Promoting qi and blood circulation and improving eyesight

Acupoint Selection: Select Qiuhou (Ex) and Jingming (Ub 1) as main points. Select Fengchi (Gb 20), Ququan (Liv 8) and Hegu (Li 4) as supplementary points.

Explanation: Qiuhou (Ex 7) and Jingming (Ub 1) are effective points for treating sudden blindness. Fengchi (Gb 20) is used to remove pathogenic wind and improving eyesight. Ququan is used to soothe the liver and regulate qi. Hegu (Li 4) is used to promote qi circulation.

Method: Push the eyeball upward gently, then puncture Qiuhou (Ex 7) perpendicularly 0.5 inch along the orbital margin slowly without movements of lifting, thrusting, twisting and rotating the needle. Puncture Jingming (Ub 1) perpendicularly 0.3 inch.

Puncture Fengchi (Gb 20) obliquely 0.5 inch toward the tip of the nose. Puncture Ququan and Hegu (Li 4) perpendicularly 0.5 inch with the reducing method. Do not retain the needle at Qiuhou (Ex 7), and retain the needles at the other points for 20 minutes.

3 Deficiency of Qi and Blood

Treatment Principal: Invigorating the spleen and stomach and improving eyesight.

Acupoint Selection: Select Qiuhou (Ex 7) and Jingming (Ub 1) as main points. Select Pishu (Ub 20), Zusanli (St 36), Qihai (Ren 6) and Baihui (Du 20) as supplementary points.

Explanation: Puncturing Qiuhou (Ex 7) and Jingming (Ub 1) are also effective on treating sudden blindness due to deficiency of qi and blood. Pishu (Ub 20) and Zusanli (St 36) are effective points for invigorating the spleen and stomach. Qihai (Ren 6) is used to reinforce qi, and Baihui (Du 20) to lift Yang qi.

Method: Qiuhou (EX 7) and Jingming (Ub 1) should be punctured as above mentioned. Puncture Pishu (Ub 20), Zusanli (St 36) and Qihai (Ren 6) perpendicularly 1.0 inch with the reinforcing method. Puncture Baihui (Du 20)  subcutaneously 0.5 inch. Do not retain the needle at Qiuhou(Ex 7), and retain the needles at the other points for 20 minutes.

Ancient and Contemporary Empirical Points

1 Confucians’ Duties to Their Parents (Ru Men Shi Qin). Sudden loss of vision is due to pathogenic fire and overabundance of qi and blood of Taiyang (Ex 2) and Yangming meridians. Puncture Bizhong (Ex) and Zanzhu (Ub 2) and the other five points on the head, prick them to cause bleeding, then the eyesight will regain.

2 Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Zhen Jiu Da Cheng). If eye disorder occurs, first puncture Tongziliao (Gb 1), Hegu (Li 4), Toulinqi (Gb 15) and Jingming (Ub 1), then give repeated needling at Guangming (Gb 37), Tianfu (Lu 3) and Fengchi (Gb 20).

3 Ophthalmology in Chinese Medicine (Zhong Yi Yan Ke Xue). Trombosis of central artery of retina and acute orbital optic neuritis can be treated by acupuncture. Select Jingming (Ub 1), Qiuhou (Ex 7), Tongziliao (Gb 1), Chengqi (St 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taibai (Sp 3), Fengchi (Gb 20), Neiguan (Pc 6), Hegu (Li 4), Taichong (Liv 3), Mingmen (Du 4) and Shenshu (Ub 23). Puncture 2 – 4 points each time with strong stimulation.

4 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy in Ophthalmology (Yan Ke Zhen Jiu Liao Fa). For the optic disc neuritis, select Qiuhou (Ex), Jingming (Ub 1), Fengchi (Gb 20), Hegu (Li 4), Quchi (Li 11), Zusanli (St 36), Ganshu (Ub 18) and Guanyuan (Ren 4) as the principal points. In case of acute orbital optic neuritis, puncture Guangming (Gb 37), Shangxing (Du 23) and Erjian (Li 2).

Then puncture Zanzhu (Ub 2), Taiyang (Ex 2) and Neiyingxiang (Ex) to cause bleeding. If it is a chronic case, puncture Jingming (Ub 1), Chengqi (St 1), Tongziliao (Gb 1) and Zusanli (St 36) with moderate stimulation. Apply moxibustion to Danshu (Ub 19), Shenshu (Ub 23), Ganshu (Ub 8), Xinshu (Ub 15), Yanglao (Si 6) and Shangyang (Li 1) points, once a day or once every other day. Qiuhou (Ex 7) and Jingming (Ub 1) are selected as the principal points, they can be applied in both acute and chronic cases on the affected side.

Fengchi (Gb 20), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36) and Guangming of both sides are selected as supplementary points. Select one principal point and two supplementary points each time. Needing stimulation is given in turn at these points.

Other Therapy

Chinese Medicine

For the kidney Yin deficiency, take Mingmu Dihuang Wan (Radix Rehmanniae Pills for Improving Eyesight).

For the hyperactivity of fire due to Yin deficiency, take Zhi Bo Dihuang Wan (Bolus of Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Cortex Phellodendri and Rhizoma Rehamnniae).

For the hyperactivity of liver Yang, use Tongqiao Huoxue Tang (Decoction for Promoting Blood Circulation) or Dadingfeng Zhu (Bolus for Serious Endogenous Wind Syndrome).

For the disorder due to phlegm turbidity, use Daotan Tang (Decoction for Eliminationg Phlegm).

For the Qi and blood deficiency, use Shiquan Dabu Wan (Powerful Tonic Bolus of Ten Drugs) and Shengmai San (Powder for Restoring Pulse Beat).

Notes

1 Eye ground examination is required to help find out the causative factors.

2 This disease is marked by sudden onset, so, try to get a prompt treatment. Do not delay the illness, or it may influence the therapeutic effect and be difficult to cure.

3 Sudden blindness treated with acupuncture can have satisfactory therapeutic effect, if it is given prompt and proper treatment.

Ancient Medical Records

1 Standards of Diagnosis and Treatment (Zheng Zhi Zhun Sheng). Sudden blindness generally refers to normal appearance of the eyes without other diseases and without the injury of pupil, but with sudden loss of vision.

2 A Valuable Manual of Ophthalmology (Shen Shi Yao Han). This disease is marked by sudden onset. Prompt treatment can regain the eyesight. Otherwise, the delayed treatment will be useless.