Abdominal acupuncture for ear and throat infection

Abdominal Acupuncture – Ear and Throat Infection

Tanya have been suffering with a severe ear infection for seven days which had lead to a sore throat. She felt like there was fibre glass in her throat causing an irritating itchy pain on the left Yang Ming area. The ear infection was still causing her extreme pain also. Tanya who is usually very upbeat was feeling exhausted, down and quite sick as a result.

Tanya is very familiar with the type of treatment that I use, I have treated her many times over the years and I've never seen her in such as subdued mood. Tanya’s throat pain / irritating itch was particularly apparent when she swallowed. I used "Bringing Qi Home" Ren 12 (Zhongwan), slightly inferior to Ren 10 (Xiawan) was used to stimulate the function of Du 14 (Da Zhui), Ren 6 (Qihai) & Ren 4 (Guanyuan) with St 24 and ahshi round Ren 12 (Zhongwan), almost immediately she felt a cool trickle going down her throat. 

As this was an excessive condition I decided to use slightly thicker needles than usual the gauge was 0.30 millimetres, the needles were left more superficial and the treatment time was shorter so as to help clear the excess. After 20 minutes the needles were removed and Tanya had no pain. She still had a slight discomfort in her ear which felt like at distension rather than pain. There was no longer any pain in the throat and the irritating tickle was completely gone. Tanya was much more upbeat and more like her usual self she thanked me and left.

Fig 1: An illustration of Tanya's treatment

Conclusion

In this treatment I wanted to achieve an immediate result. The treatment was uncomplicated and she responded well to ahshi points. Heat was cleared using the action of the abdominal Du 14 (Da Zhui) on the Ren meridian. Stomach 24 the shoulder points were used bilaterally to move Yang Ming Qi and blood up towards the affected area of the neck and head. All the needles were less deep than in a normal treatment situation they were thicker gauge and the treatment time was shorter. This is a standard protocol when clearing excess. I could have chosen to use more points (which is often the case when you're doing a reducing treatment) but since Tanya was a little irritable I chose not to include stomach 25 (Tianshu) which would have helped to clear the excess heat also. 

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