Acupuncture helping coronavirus patients

Medical workers from Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine have been giving novel coronavirus disease patients at Wuhan’s Leishenshan Hospital acupuncture, effective treatment for those with problems such as insomnia and migraines.

Other traditional Chinese medicine therapies, such as herbs, moxibustion, and acupoint plaster application, are also being used but acupuncture is the most popular with patients.

A combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies can have a better effect, the hospital said.

“A 35-year-old patient Shi was typical of someone with qixu, or deficiency of life energy, in traditional Chinese medicine. She often felt great oppression and pain in her chest in the morning and became short of breath at night,” Gong said.

Since she was afraid of acupuncture, the first prescribed some herbal medicines but to no obvious effect.

However, after acupuncture, her condition improved in just three days. “She then asked us to perform acupuncture on her every day.”

Another patient was a 56-year-old woman surnamed Ye who had a cough and migraine for a month and had to take painkillers every night before she was hospitalized.

After receiving acupuncture five times, her migraine had gone.

“Her oxygen saturation in her blood was only 69 percent and the CT scan showed that her two lungs were both damaged by the disease,” Wang said. “She also had some other diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, and renal insufficiency.”

That meant she could suffer a respiratory failure or multiple organ failure at any time.

“Our team soon designed a plan for her with the integrated treatment of Western medicine and traditional Chinese herbs and acupuncture.”

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