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Specific Discussions of Acupuncture Treatment for Acute Gastritis

Acute gastritis is classified into simple, corrosive, infective and suppurative types of gastritis according to the pathogenic factors. Acute corrosive gastritis is caused by intake of corrosive agents and needs emergent treat-ment. Acute infective gastritis and suppurative gastritis are caused by general infection. The following discussion focuses on acute simple gastritis marked by pain and dis-comfort in the upper abdomen, reduced appetite or disten-sion and belching as well as nausea and vomiting. This disease pertains to epigastralgia, vomiting and diarrhea in TCM. Acute gastritis is usually caused by exogenous path-ogenic factors and improper diet that lead to dysfunction of the spleen and stomach, failure of gastric qi to descend and upward adverse flow of turbid qi.


1. Body acupuncture

Zhongwan (CV 12), Neiguan (PC 6), Tianshu (ST 25) and Zusanli (ST 36).
Modification: For cold-dampness damaging the mid- dle energizer, Hegu (LI 4) and Yinlingquan (SP 9) are added; for retention of damp-heat in the middle energi-
zer, Hegu (LI 4) and Quchi (LI 11) are added; for reten-tionof food, Neiting (ST 44) and Xuanji (CV 21) are added; for acute epigastralgia, Liangqiu (ST 34) is
Performance: Reducing needling technique is used. For the treatment of cold syndrome, moxibustion can be used. This treatment is given once or twice a day.

2. Ear acupuncture

Prescription: Stomach (CO4), Large Intestine (CO7), Small Intestine (C06) and Sympathetic Nerve (AH6a).
Performance: The needles are manipulated at inter-vals with strong stimulation. Or Wangbuliuxingzi (Semen Vaccariae) is used for ear pressure.

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Specific Discussions of Acupuncture Treatment for Acute Gastritis


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