Pain in the abdomen can occur due to problems of kidney, spleen, liver, stomach, etc. In the Chinese acupuncture, one of common causes of stomach pain is accumulation of the cold due to invasion of the abdomen by the pathogenic cold or injuries of the stomach and spleen yang. Hypoactivity of the spleen yang or general deficiency of yang qi also leads impairment of spleen function resulting in abdominal pain. Another common cause of stomach pain is too much retention of fatty and hot food.
The treatment for cold accumulation is points (CV 12, ST 36, BL21, SP 4) with moxibustion to strength the function of the stomach and spleen, and to warm and promote the qi flow and dispel cold. The main points for hypoactivity of the spleen yang is BL 20, BL 21, CV12, LR13, LI 4 and ST 36, which activate the spleen and stomach yang. The points (CV 12, ST 25, CV5, ST 36, ST 37 are selected to remove of food.
In a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Chinese Medicine1. "Analgesia with scalp acupuncture usually brings about remarkable results with just a few needles. It can relieve pain immediately, and it will not affect any other treatment of the primary disease." If you need help, please contact Dr Kim.
Reference: 1) Yanhua S, Sumei Y. The treatment of 86 cases of epigastric and abdominal pain by scalp acupuncture. Journal of Chinese Medicine February 2000;62:27-29.
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