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Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 09:14:   

How can acupuncture treat acute bacterial tonsilitis, for instance ? How can it eliminate the bacteria there ? Is it not dangerous to resort to acupuncture in such conditions instead of taking antibiotics?
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Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 09:21:   

There is a very good explanation for this issue Miri, under this link:

Please tell me your opinion about it after you read it.

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Tanya Peters
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 19:23:   

What is the cause of cystitis and how does it respond to acupuncture? Are there any dietary considerations in the treatment of cystitis?
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 13:19:   

In the view of Chinese medicine, cystitis may happen as a result of an exogenous origin such as Wind-Cold, or an internal origin such as weak kidneys, retention of fluid in the bladder, etc. Each syndrome has its own diagnostic characteristics. An exogenous pathogen will manifest abruptly, causing a swift, acute nature of cystitis. Sometimes with aversion to cold or dampness, with fever sometimes, all of which are typical of an externally contracted pathogen. On the other hand, an internally based cystitis will usually develop gradually and have symptoms of internal weakness (most often of the kidney system) such as fatigue, sore back, incontinence or frequency of urine, dizziness and more. Also pulse and tongue manifestations will have their typical qualities in accordance with the energetic nature of the cystitis. There are, of course, many more syndromes associated with cystitis and the above axamples are given only as an illustration.
Acupuncture is usually extremely effective in treating all the varieties of cystitis. Both in the acute and chronic stages. Success rate for this disorder is usually above the 90%, depending on the skill and experience of the practitioner.
In the serious treatment of cystitis diet plays a very important role. Dietary modifications must be performed according to the nature of the cystitis. For example, a Damp-Hot cystitis that exhibits a painful burning sensation while urinating (or even without urinating), must completely avoid coffee, alcohol, spicy food and the like. Damp-Cold cystitis, on the other hand, must avoid cold drinks and foods, milk products, banana and so on. Such patients must drink plenty of hot tea or soups, etc.

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