|Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - 10:01: |
Hello Dr. Halevi,
I am a practitioner from Boston and I would like to ask you if you have any experience treating diabetic boils, especially in the elderly. I have a male patient now, age 66, who is about to be amputated (Rt. foot above the malleolus) due to an ulcerative boil which does not heal. It is urgent and any suggestion will be of great help.
|Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - 12:27: |
Hi, this might come as a surprise to you but in the majority of cases this problem is curable by acupuncture. Yet, one must have a specific experience treating this problem because needle technique is of prime importance here. There is no use trying to treat this problem by addressing the underlying cause, i.e: the diabetes. Points must be chosen very close to the boil itself. If there aren't any too close points, or if there is only one point close to the boil, insert 3-5 needles surrounding the boil, just few mm. underneath the skin. Then use points Li-4/ Li-11 and Jing-well points on the meridians traversing the site of the boil. Treatment must be administered daily, diet must be strict and the boil should be left exposed and covered only by a slack gauze when the patient goes out of home. It is possible to lay a strong green tea compress over the boil now and then. If this treatment is carried out correctly, success rates are highr than 90%. I include here two photos of a case treated by me not long ago, one shows the boil after 10 acupuncture sessions and the other after 16 sessions. The patient recovered completely.
|Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 13:54: |
...and after 22 sessions - end of treatment