Abdominal acupuncture used to treat crohn's disease

Carina’s Crohn’s Disease, Allergy and Wrist Pain

Carina is an active 75 year old lady who has been suffering with Crohn’s disease for over five years now. The majority of her problems originate from the junction of the ileum, as a result she experiences spasms and pain mainly in the left lower quadrant she also has extreme urgent diarrhoea and recently has had a lot of allergy and sinus problems. She also suffers from a swollen wrist on the radial side which radiates into her thumb and the pain also moves down towards large Intestine (LI 7-8ish). She is on medication for high blood pressure and also has to take a number of medications to control the symptoms of her Crohn's disease. Her energy levels were very poor.

First abdominal acupuncture treatment

The main reason that Carina came to visit me was the allergy type symptoms including, streaming irritated eyes and runny nose. She was also experiencing quite bad diarrhoea for which she had taken immodium (x2) to stop the diarrhoea.

The abdominal spasms were quite severe and the wrist was visibly swollen and painful when she moved her thumb. 

I started the session by using the abdominal Lotus Flower for 10 minutes, this should help to regulate the immune system and calm the allergic reaction. 

Next, I needled Ren 12 (Zhongwan), Ren 7.5 and Ren 4 (Guanyuan) all to the deep Earth level. I then added St 25 (TianShu) on the right with an extra point  approximately 0.5 cun inferior to St 25, in a (Master Tung) Dao Ma format to reinforce the affect of St 25.

My main intention at this stage was to reset Carina’s immune, nervous and Hormonal system ease the pain and swelling and to stop diarrhoea.  I was conscious that she was quite depleted and so wanted to start gently and use fewer and finer gauge needles. I didn’t use the Miraculous Turtle specifically to address the wrist or allergy symptoms as I was confident the Lotus flower would attend to this sufficiently. 

Plate 1 Image of Carina’s second treatment 

Three days later Carina returned and was delighted to say that the abdominal spasm’s and diarrhoea had stopped, there was no abdominal discomfort and the wrist pain and the swelling had eased substantially. She was feeling more energised after having two great nights sleep and her allergic symptoms had improved, she no longer had the streaming eye’s. The pain at the base of the thumb was gone, the main area of discomfort was now around (Pian Li) LI 6 (ish). I had her reference point score this painful area at 10 out of 10. The prescription used on this occasion was Ren 12 (Zhongwan) Ren 9 (Shuifen) Ren 7.5 and Ren 4 (Guanyuan), St 25 (TianShu) bilaterally. I used Kid 17 (Shangqu) on the left to move Kidney Qi through the right arm to correct the swollen and painful wrist/forearm area, I then needled St 24 Shoulder (Huaroumen) Ab 1 (elbow) Ab 2 (wrist) and an ahshi point to reflect the pain at LI 6ish (see plate 1). When I asked her to check the pain by moving her thumb she no longer had any pain there. At the end of this treatment the swelling around the wrist had reduced again. This treatment involved using all three levels of Abdominal Acupuncture. 

Third abdominal acupuncture treatment

I saw Carina 6 days later, she had been completely symptom free for 4 days and then as the weather changed she developed a tickle in her throat and her nose started to run as she developed a wind cold invasion. She was doing so well with her Crohn’s that she had forgotten to take her medication for a number of days and she started to get spasm’s and pain around the area of St 28 (Shuidao) on the left, her bowel motions were normal and she had no diarrhoea. Her wrist and thumb were not causing any pain and the inflammation was not apparent. She was quite stressed as she was in the process of moving house. 

I began with Lu 7 (Lie Que)  on the right followed by Kid 6 (Zhaohai) on the left to regulate Wei Qi and treat the throat, next I used "Heaven & Earth" Ren 12 (Zhongwan) and Ren 4 (Guanyuan) to a deep level with "Harmonising the Middle Jiao" St 25 (Tianshu) & Sp 15 (Daheng) to a medium depth to regulate the Spleen and Stomach. I found a couple of superficial small ahshi points between Ren 11 (Jianli) and Ren 10 (Xiawan) which I used to stop the irritation in her throat. I also used Ab 1 (elbow) on the right initially at a medium depth to clear the wind and then at a deeper level to calm the Liver which was clearly aggravated by the stress of moving house. I adjusted the depth of Ren 12 (Zhongwan)  towards the end of the treatment to work on the head and stop the runny nose. By the end of the session she was feeling less of a tickle in the throat.

This case is ongoing and we are making good progress, the Crohn’s symptoms are much more manageable, but with the on going stress of the house move things can change quickly. The sinus and eye streaming problems have improved and she is happy with the progress while the wrist and thumb problem are also doing great, but with the need to pack boxes of books (that haven’t been touched for years) to facilitate moving the wrist becomes painful again and the dust aggravates her allergy. At the moment we are managing the situation and hopefully the Crohn’s will improve even more when things settle down and there is less stress in her life. Abdominal Acupuncture can treat digestive conditions such as Crohn’s very effectively, but it needs some consistency and time. I have had great success with clients some have completed treatments in 8-10 sessions, some less and some more. 

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