Acupuncture Prescription for Common Cold Treatment

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 Acupuncture Prescription for Common Cold Treatment,Composition: Dazhui (GV 14), Fengchi (GB 20), Feishu (BL 13) and Hegu (LI 4). Taiyang (EX- HN 5) and Yintang (EX - HN 3) are added "if there is headache; Tiantu (CV 22), Lieque (LU 7) and Fenglong (ST 40) are added if there is cough with profuse sputum; Quchi (LI 11) is added if there is fever; Zusanli (ST 36) is added if there are the symptoms of poor appetite, constipation or diarrhea.

Source: A Practical Compendium of the Clinical Therapy of Acumox compiled by Fu Qiang.

Action: Expelling wind to ventilate the lung and dredging yang to relieve the superficies.

Elucidation: Dazhui (GV 14) is an acupoint of the Governor Vessel which flows along the back of the body. The back pertains to yang and yang penetrates the superficies. Dazhui (GV 14) is located on the upper part of the back and is the confluent acupoint of the Governor Vessel and the Yang meridians of the hand and foot. Therefore Dazhui (GV 14) is the yang acupoint in the yang and is thus effective to activate yang, to regulate yin, to relieve the superficies to subside fever and to invigorate yang of the whole body. Fengchi (GB 20) is an acupoint of the gallbladder meridian and is located on the back of the nape. Fengchi (GB 20) is also a confluent acupoint of the gallbladder meridian and Yangwei meridian. Yangwei circulates among all the yang meridians and controls yang over the whole body. Hence Fengchi (GB 20) is the key acupoint to expel wind. Besides it is also effective to eliminate wind to relieve the superficies and to subside fever. Feishu (BL 13) is an acupoint of the bladder meridian and is also the Back-Shu acupoint of the lung. Taiyang (EX- HN 5) governs the superficies and the lung governs the skin and body hair. Therefore Feishu (BL 13) is selected to eliminate wind to relieve the superficies and to stop cough and asthma. Hegu (LI 4), the Yuan-Source acupoint of the large intestine meridian, is in external and internal relation with the lung meridian and is effective to eliminate wind to relieve the superficies. The combined use of the four acupoints can produce coordinated effect. Taiyang (EX - HN 5) and Yintang (EX - HN 3), proximal and regional selected to coordinate with Hegu (LI 4), can eliminate wind to relieve the superficies and dredge collaterals to stop pain. Tiantu (CV 22) and Lieque (LU 7), as distal and proximal compatibility, can disperse the lung to eliminate phlegm and to stop cough. Fenglong (ST 40) is the key acupoint to eliminate phlegm and is used to eliminate phlegm to stop cough. Quchi (LI 11), the He-Sea acupoint of the large intestine meridian and combined with Hegu (LI 4), can be used to disperse wind to relieve the superficies and to eliminate heat in the lung. Zusanli (ST 36) can strengthen the spleen, harmonize the stomach and regulate the intestines.

 

Indication: Common cold. The main clinical manifestations are nasal obstruction, running nose, sore throat and cough followed by aversion to cold, fever, headache, lassitude, general pain or poor appetite, nausea and constipation, etc.

Performance: Dazhui (GV 14) is needled obliquely downward 0.5 - 1 cun with the manipulative techniques of reduced lifting, inserting, rotating and swirling or cold-inducing (Toutianliang). The needle is rotated 5 - 10 minutes. If the common cold is caused by wind and cold, cauterized moxibustion is applied for 5 - 10 minutes.

Fengchi (GB 20) is needled obliquely 0.5 - 0.8 cun to the opposite eye and the acu-esthesia radiates to the temporal region.

Feishu (BL 13) is needled obliquely 0.5 - 0.8 cun to-ward the spinal column.

Hegu (LI 4) is needled vertically 0.3 - 0.5 cun with the technique of reduced lifting, thrusting and rotating.

Taiyang (EX- HN 5) is needled obliquely 0.3 - 0.5 cun toward the lateral side with the technique of reduced rotation.

Yintang (EX - HN 3) is needled subcutaneously 0.3 -0.5 cun with the technique of reduced rotation.

Tiantu (CV 22) is needled along the border of the sternum 0.5 - 1 cun with the technique of normal tonifying and normal reducing.

Lieque (LU 7) is needled obliquely 0.2 - 0.3 cun to-ward the elbow with the technique of reduced rotation.

Fenglong (ST 40) is needled vertically 0.5 -1.2 cun with the technique of normal tonifying and normal reducing.

Quchi (LI 11) is needled vertically 0.8 - 1.2 cun with the techniques of reduced lifting, thrusting and rotating.

Zusanli (ST 36) is needled vertically 0.5 - 1.5 cun with the technique of normal tonifying and normal reducing.

The above acupoints can be needled 1 - 2 times a day according to the pathological conditions. The needles are either not retained or retained for 10 - 20 minutes.

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