Monday, January 30, 2012

Acupuncture and Herbs for Hypothyroidism

Chief Complaint: Fatigue
Western Diagnosis: Hypothyroidism
History: none
Symptoms: No energy, wants to sleep all the time, inability to lose weight, feel cold, low back pain, hair loss.
Palpation: Very deep in the kidney positions, slippery in the spleen position, weak.
Observation: Pale tongue with teeth marks
OM Diagnosis: Kidney Yang Xu, Spleen qi xu
Treatment Principle: Tonify the Kidney yang and Qi
Point Prescription: CV 6, ST 25, 36, SP 6, DU 20, Kid 3, 7, SI 3, UB 62
moxa at CV 8
Herb Prescription: Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan with an additional large dose of Huang Qi and an addition of Ren Shen
Lifestyle Prescription: Recommend eating foods that are low on the glycemic index chart, and increasing exercise.
Results: After 6 weeks of herbs and weekly acupuncture sessions, patients thyroid had stabilized and her energy was completely back to normal. Once she re-gained her exercise, she began to lose weight as well.

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