The development of prolapses is a natural human condition. They can come about due to a weakened physical condition; age; gravity; excess weight; various childbirth situations; organ removal; or organ weakness.
In Chinese medicine, prolapses are primarily viewed as being related to sinking spleen qi. In Japanese theory, this concept is expressed in slightly different ways, ultimately as being related to weak immunity (a component of which is spleen qi, our source of postnatal nourishment), as well as kidney qi deficiency. In a nutshell, the essential Oriental medical treatment plan revolves around raising the yang, or the qi of the spleen.
Prolapses may occur in several parts of the body. Common sites involve the rectum, bladder, uterus and intestines. Incompetent sphincters that allow for acid reflux disease, hiatal hernias, inguinal hernias and even mitral valve prolapse of the heart fall within the domain of prolapses.
Patients may come to be treated for these conditions as their major complaint, or it may be a symptom that is part of their condition. In any event, prolapses can be addressed with an Oriental treatment strategy if the prolapse is not to the point that it needs to be repaired surgically. The modalities most suited for this condition include needles, moxibustion and the TDP lamp (therapeutic infrared lamp).
While each type of prolapse has specific points that are clinically effective for its specific differentiation, a core outline of points that one could use to treat prolapses, then augment or modify based on signs and symptoms, includes KI27 (shu fu), ST13 (qi hu), GV20 (bai hui) and LR5 (li gou), and a special group of points known as the Naganos. Acupuncture for Prolapse of Bladder, Rectum, Uterus & Intestines available in Pittsburgh, South Hills at Medical Acupuncture, call for your appointment..
Skya Abbate DOM