This winter quite a number of clients has turned to us because of their cough. Cough needs to be differentiated before treatment plan can be created. Depending on a type of cough, acupuncture points, needling and moxabustion techniques will be selected.
Generally speaking, the energy of the points will be either tonified, dispersed or sedated.
When the cough is strong and is associated with respiratory infection, mostly tonifying and sedating techniques will be used. When the cough is chronic, moxa therapy will be administered. If the cough is dry and irritating the throat, the points and the techniques of needling will be such that the sensation will irradiate to the trachea and the xiphoid process. Moxa therapy will be used as well. In case of the night cough, points will be warmed up with moxa. If the cough is a symptom of bronchitis, pneumonia, and other conditions, the treatment will be adjusted accordingly.
On February 1st, a 49 year old client with cough came for an acupuncture treatment. Her cough was severe at night and she could hardly rest. We used moxa on San Yin Jiao, Fei Shu, Gao Huan.
The next day the client reported that her cough subdued drastically but was still present. She came for a visit on February 3rd and then on February 6th. Zhi Yan, Shen Dao, Shen Zhu and Bai Lao points were chosen for acupuncture. On February 7th the client reported that her cough was gone.
A choice of treatment plan depends on identifying correctly the pattern, presented in the “Yi Jing”, a classical Chinese book. The age of the client, the time of the season, and the active element (earth, fire, etc.) play a very important role in a creating a treatment strategy.
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