Therapist talk:

Various symptoms related to Oriental medicine acupuncture

 

By Eitaro Hamano

(Acupuncturist)

5. Oriental medicine acupuncture and gynaecological diseases 

Last time, I wrote that various symptoms related to the autonomic nervous system which are a specialty of Oriental medicine and  acupuncture.  This therapies can also be effective for gynaecological diseases, often  caused by female hormonal imbalances or blood circulation disorders.  The most common gynaecological illnesses include symptoms such as severe menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, infertility and trouble during pregnancy. 

The female hormones of the endocrine system are controlled in the hypothalamus of the cerebrum, which is the same as the autonomic nervous system.  The endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system influence each other. If these systems are out of balance, systemic symptoms such as frustration, headache, stiff shoulders, back pain, and malaise are likely to occur. 

In addition, women generally have less muscle mass than men, so blood circulation can be poor In particular, the lower body tends to ‘get cold’ and can affect the functioning of the pelvic organs. 

According to the five elements of Oriental medicine, "Water = energy of the kidney", controls reproduction, and "soil = energy of the spleen" has the function of circulating blood throughout the body. "Wood = liver energy", stores blood and sends it to the heart. In Oriental medicine acupuncture and moxibustion, we pay attention to these factors by carefully examining the Moxibustion is often used because gynaecological illnesses are deeply involved in the circulation of "blood" and are often accompanied by the symptoms of "coldness". There are various types of moxibustion, such as a type that is the size of a grain of rice and a type that is the size of the tip of your little finger and warms gently. In addition, the scent of moxibustion smoke has a relaxing effect and is popular with many patients. 

Moxibustion is often used because gynaecological illnesses are deeply involved in the circulation of "blood" and are often accompanied by the symptoms of "coldness". There are various types of moxibustion, such as a type that is the size of a grain of rice and a type that is the size of the tip of your little finger and warms gently. In addition, the scent of moxibustion smoke has a relaxing effect and is popular with many patients. 

An acupuncture point that is often used in women's diseases is "Saninkou . It is located above the inner ankle. There are eight acupuncture points on the left and right on the sacrum, "Hachiryoketsu", "Kekai" on the inside of the knee, "Kakuyu" on the back, and a point on the foot can help with  breech birth. The "Shiin" on the little finger is also famous. Moxibustion is also used for this type of treatment. In Oriental medicine acupuncture and moxibustion, "moxibustion" is said to be effective in moving "blood". 

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In Japan, when people say "moxibustion", they might imagine it as something uncomfortable,  it is not painful and does not  leave a mark on the skin. The raw material is made by drying mugwort grass. Moxibustion using wormwood  found near Mt. Ibuki in Shiga Prefecture has long been famous. 

 In Japan, moxibustion has long been used for various symptoms and strengthening of immunity in addition to gynecological diseases. 

As an aside, a British NGO called "Mox Africa" is working to save people suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis in Africa with "moxibustion". www.moxafrica.org This procedure was  inspired by a paper written by Dr. Shimetaro Hara, who applied it to pulmonary tuberculosis patients, in Japan before the WW 2. 

Next time, I would like to talk about various symptoms caused by computer work.