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Fuyiu Yip
Username: Yip

Registered: 05-2008
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 19:46:   

Hello -
I was wondering if anyone has had success with treating ringworm (not really caused by a worm, but a fungal infection) with acupuncture. I do realize it can be considered a damp condition of the skin, but would love to hear more advice from experience.

This is presenting in a child (not sure of the age just yet, but perhaps 10-14 yo) who is hesitant to take herbs or use poultices.
Thank you!
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Jan Jedryka
Username: Jan

Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 10:51:   

I see that no-one has answered your post. I was sitting up in bed working on Felix Mann's book "Treatment of Disease by Acupuncture" and had just completed my research into Damp Rash when the e-mail tinkled so I had a little chuckle to myself.

I have never used Acupuncture to treat ringworm. I've never deviated from using Homoeopathy tellurium tds for 1 week or so. I also treat the offending cat using 2-3 doses of Tuberculinum. I seal the treatment on the human by using 2-3 doses of Tubeberculinum to treat the underlying constitutional diathesis 2-3 weeks after the tellurium.

However if I was called to treat ringworm with acupuncture I would firstly be fully aware that the skin is a metal organ and of course a skin damp condition. ie consider:
Li4, Li11, S36
Sp6 S36.
Sp9 Sp6 Li4
Checkout L7 on this site in the points section. This point can be incorporated into, as a substitution or addition to any of the above formulations. I always refer to the pulses. I consider reading the pulses is akin to listening to the soul of the patient. I always work within it's parameters.

Well this is all because of a little seredipity ;-).
In closing I would like to make a remark. Any presentation of an illness before the age of 21 is of vital importance in treatment because you will be able to affect the future wellbeing of your patient. No Illness should be considered triffling and every opportunity taken to go deep into the constitution of the patient to strengthen and tonify that constitution.
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 17:30:   

If this is not exactly ringworm, I would suggest that you give more detail as for its appearance, symptoms and background. Then, it'll be easier to suggest a proper treatment. If the child is that sensitive as not to apply poultices, I can't imagine him receive acupuncture. If you do come to that eventually, I suggest that you apply Sojuk needles instead of acupuncture needles. That I usually do with overly sensitive children - at least at the beginning of their treatment.

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