In TCM, cholecystitis belongs to the categories of"xie tong" (hypochondriac pain), "dan zhang" (biliary distension) and "huang dan" (jaundice). Cholecystitis is the inflammation of gallbladder, caused by biliary stone, bacterial infection and other factors. It may be acute or chronic, clinically manifested as various severity of pain in the upper right or upper middle abdomen and nausea and vomiting as well. Acute cholecystitis is characterized by high fever and chill, or by jaundice. It is more often found in people aged between 40 - 65 and in fat persons, more common in females than in males. Besides, the disease is related to diet constitution.
Method One: Water-needing.
Acupoints: Danshu, Zusanli, Zhongwan, Zhidan.
Process: Select 1-2 points and each is inserted with 2ml of the fluid of Danggui or Honghua or 5 ml of 10% dextrose. Push the insertion quickly when inserting for needling sensation. The insertion is given once or twice a day.
Method Two: Electro-acupuncture
Acupoints: Right Danshu (cathode), Zhidan, Riyue, Taichong (anode)
Process: Insert the needle and connect with the electro-acupuncture stimulator when the needling sensation is left. Select the adjustable waveform and then gradually amplify the strength to the tolerance of the patient. The stimulation continues for 30 minutes and is given 2-3 times a day.
Method Three: Insertion
Acupoints: Danshu, Zhongwan, Zusanli, Zhidan, Yanglingquan. Hegu is added for angina; Quchi is added for high fever; Neiguan is added for vomiting.
Process: Select 2-4 of the above acupoints, deeply insert with heavy strength and then twirl the needle for 3-5 minutes. Hold the needle in the acupoint for 30 minutes and the insertion is given twice a day.