Quelling the Red Itching Flamingo - The New Indian Express

Quelling the Red Itching Flamingo

Published: 02nd March 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 01st March 2014 02:21 PM

Namita, a 33-year old female, complained that three hours before visiting us, a few pimples accompanied with extreme itching appeared unexpectedly on her limbs.  When she scratched the area, the pimples gradually increased and became more prominent, and the itching area also spread. On examination the patient’s general condition was found normal.  Her extremities, chest and back was scattered with rashes of different sizes and shapes which protruded higher over the skin surface and were red in colour and some clustered into masses. She was diagnosed with urticarial.  Acupuncture was given bilaterally on specific acupuncture points.  After needling, the patient immediately felt a reduction in itching.  Ten minutes later the urticarial masses started to fade and then became white and flat, beginning from the centre outward until the red patch disappeared completely.  Twenty minutes later the patient no longer felt any discomfort.  There was no relapse within half a-year of follow-up.

Acupuncture points of the large intestine meridian were selected, because these points are exteriorly-interiorly related with the lungs, which govern hair and skin.  Spleen meridian point was selected because it governs and regulates blood, theoretically on the basis of “calming wind needs first to regulate blood, and if blood flows freely, the pathogenic wind may naturally be eliminated.”  Thus the aim of puncturing these acupuncture points was to use both points to dispel exopathogenic wind and dissipate blood stasis.

Since 1992 acupuncture has been successfully used to treat 42 cases of acute urticarial by us. Of the 42 patients, 22 were male and 20 were female; their age ranged from 15 to 65 years old.  Five cases were sensitive to certain drugs, 26 had no drug allergies, 11 cases had unknown causes.

After routine disinfection of the local points with 75 per cent alcohol, filiform needles were inserted 1 cun on these points and twisting-twirling and lifting-thrusting method was applied to obtain Qi sensation. The needles were retained for 15-20 minutes.  The needles were manipulated once every two-three minutes.  One treatment was given daily and seven sessions constitute a therapeutic course.

Thirty five cases were cured, five cases were effective, and two failed, giving a total effective rate of 95.2 per cent.

Itching Urticaria

Urticaria (also known as hives, welts or nettle rash) is a raised, itchy rash that appears on the skin. The rash can be limited to one part of the body or spread across large areas of the body.

Acupuncture Remedy

Acupuncture points of the large intestine meridian are selected, because these points are exteriorly-interiorly related with the lungs, which govern hair and skin.


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