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Acupuncture treatment of constipation

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Updated: Sunday, Mar 15,2009, 12:13:12 PM
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::  Deficiency Condition ::
    Main Manifestations

Difficult passage of dry stools, pale complexion and lips, dizziness and palpitation, lassitude, shortness of breath, pale tongue, thin tongue coating, thready and weak pulse, or abdominal pain, preference for warmth and aversion to cold, pale tongue, white and moist tongue coating, deep, slow pulse.

:: Additional Points ::
    Treatment
Select the Back-Shu and Front-Mu points of Large Intestine Meridian and the points of Triple Energizer and Kidney Meridians as principal points. For excess condition, the reducing manipulation is applied to remove the heat and Qi stagnancy and moisten the intestine, while for deficiency condition, the reinforcing manipulation is used to reinforce Qi and blood and moisten the intestines. Constipation due to cold can be relieved by moxibustion to warm the Lower Energizer for defecation.

::Excess Conditin ::
     Main Manifestations
Difficult passage of dry, hard stool, defecation every three to five days, or even longer. General fever, thirst, foul breath, rapid pulse, yellow dry tongue coating or fullness and distending pain in the abdomen and hypochondriac regions, frequent belching, loss of appetite, thin, sticky tongue coating, string-taut pulse

Prescription
 Dachangshu (BL25), Tianshu (ST25), Zhigou (TE6), Zhaohai (KI6), Shuidao (ST28)

Additional Points
Add Quchi (LI11), Hegu (LI4) for accumulation of heat;
Zhongwan (CV12), Taichong (LR3) for stagnation of Qi,
Pishu (BL20), Weishu (BL21), Zusanli (ST36) for deficiency of Qi and blood,
Moxibustion to Shenque (CV8) and Qihai (CV6) is applied for congealment of cold.


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