|Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 14:45: |
First please forgive me for my ignorance -
But I am suffering with abdominal distention (ascites) , I have right upper quandrant pain (no signs
of liver disease) and generalized edema and adrenal activation and testical shrinkage with
joint/muscle pain, fatigue and dysregulation of my bowels.
From a Western perspective, it is my belief
that I am suffering with an infection (protozoan/microsporidia) and this is evoking an adrenal (HPA
axis) response as well as a GPA axis or gonadal response to this infection.
According to the definiton of dampness ::: "Damp, dampness - excessive fluids in the body with
symptoms of abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, lack of thirst, feeling of
heaviness or being sluggish, and stiff, aching or sore joints " which is me. I also found "pathogenic damp invasion of the spleen syndromes
Distension and fullness of the epigastrium and abdomen, anorexia, stickiness in the mouth, heaviness of the head, absence of thirst, swelling of the face, eyes, and four extremities, loose stool, dysuria, excessive and this leukorrhea, white and sticky tongue coating, and soft thready pulse".
They reference that "neoplasms" could be the factor in dampness. However in reading the definition of
neoplasm, it can refer to an infection.
A prior post resulted in this response from Dr. Halevi
Crohn’s, abdominal pain tenesmus, pus in stool (thick fluids), may contain blood (not very
significant), heaviness, fatigue, sticky mouth with no desire to drink, poor appetite,
T- white greasy coat, P- soft slow
P/T – warm mid Jiao, expel Cold, transform Damp
Acupuncture – hand yangming, foot taiyin, moxa, *LI 4, *ST 25, *37, Ren 12, 6, SP 9
Posted on Sunday, September 09, 2007 - 14:34:
Seems like a basic prescription that can work Patrick. I would substitute Ren-6 for Ren-5 and add Sp-
5. Also, B-20/ 21/ 23 and 25 can be effectively added. It´s important however, to distuinguish whether
the Sp xu condition is more predominant than the accumulation of dampness or v.v. This will determine
if you need to emphasize your needle technique on toniying the xu or disperse the excess dampness.
Sometimes, when cold is predominant, you may need to add other points + warming techniques, or, if
blood stasis is the main issue, adjust your selections and techniques accordingly "
I tried about 5 sessions w/ a Chinese-trained acupuncturist w/ some TCM herbal formula, jia Wei Ping
Wei San. This formula is to increase stomach qi and dispel dampness (although in retrospect, I did
not follow the complete herbal regimen -). My feeling is that the amoebic problem should have been
addressed with either drugs (anti protozoa) or herbals such as Coptis Chinesis which shows
effectiveness against protozoa infections. I do not beleive that the jia Wei Ping Wei San was enough.
Since $ is an issue for me, I am going to try treating with an herbal combination and a couple of
western ideas as well. I have been using an acupuncture pen to treat various points, and would like
to know if this all sounds right. Just looking for some direction. I understand from reading various
sites about dampness is that it can be a chore to eradicate, is this so?
ps. could anyone explain the terms hand yangming, foot taiyin.
I appreciate any insight!
|Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 05:57: |
Pbayer, your condition definitely calls for some expert practitioner to treat you, and is too complex to try and treat by yourself. Pinching the points with a pen won't do any good, and prescribing herbs without checking you physically won't either.
Hand Yangming is the Large Intestine meridian.
Foot Taiyin is the spleen meridian.