Monday, May 2, 2011

The treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, CFS) with Acupuncture

Chief-complaint: Lack of Energy
Western-diagnosis: Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Medical-history: Female, 27 years old. History of depression, took citalopram (an antidepressant) a few years ago
Frequently tired with low energy
Achy limbs and joints
Has to sleep in afternoon
Frequent frontal headaches
Dry skin
Floaters in vision
Dizzy on standing
Normally feels cold
Achy lower back
All symptoms worse for stress
Pulse: Pulse thin, deep and weak. Kidney positions very weak.
Tongue: Moist, slightly swollen and pale. Bright pale face.
CM-diagnosis: Qi and Blood Deficiency, some Kidney yang deficiency
Treatment-principle: Tonify Qi, Blood and Kidney yang
Point-prescription: St36
Ren6 needle plus moxa stick
Yintang if feeling stressed
Herb-prescription: None
Lifestyle-prescription: Keep warm, eat warm easily digestible foods.
Results: Began to feel more energy straight away. After 4 treatments she was having to sleep less in the afternoon. After 8 treatments she hardly ever had to sleep in the afternoon and had much more energy. Also felt less cold and ached less.
Synopsis: 27 year old female ME sufferer diagnosed with Qi and Blood deficiency. Treated with acupuncture and moxa, with good results.

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