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The Treatment of Hepatitis with Acupuncture & Qi Gong Chad J. Dupuis, M.Ac., L.Ac. Yin Yang House Acupuncture & Wellness Center 512 Tremont Street, Chattanooga.

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1 The Treatment of Hepatitis with Acupuncture & Qi Gong Chad J. Dupuis, M.Ac., L.Ac. Yin Yang House Acupuncture & Wellness Center 512 Tremont Street, Chattanooga

2 Acupuncture in Brief Medicine is used worldwide both as a complementary and as a primary mode of treatment. Medicine is used worldwide both as a complementary and as a primary mode of treatment. Natural Medicine with many branches, styles, and theories. Natural Medicine with many branches, styles, and theories. Theories and Techniques drawn from long-term observation and testing. Theories and Techniques drawn from long-term observation and testing. Written texts date back as far as 168 AD. Written texts date back as far as 168 AD.

3 Acupuncture Training in the US The majority of practitioners graduate from 3-4 year post-graduate level programs with clinical rotations. The majority of practitioners graduate from 3-4 year post-graduate level programs with clinical rotations. Some states also allow MDs and/or Chiropractors to practice with minimal or no additional training. Some states also allow MDs and/or Chiropractors to practice with minimal or no additional training. National Certification is required in most states and licensure from the states Board of Medicine is required. National Certification is required in most states and licensure from the states Board of Medicine is required.

4 Acupuncture Diagnoses Conditions are not treated, people and their unique set of signs and symptoms are. Conditions are not treated, people and their unique set of signs and symptoms are. This adaptability is a large part of the effectiveness of acupuncture. This adaptability is a large part of the effectiveness of acupuncture. Treatments are based on Chinese Medicine diagnoses which are arrived at from many sources, including your symptoms, pulse, tongue, pressure pain, emotional state, etc. Treatments are based on Chinese Medicine diagnoses which are arrived at from many sources, including your symptoms, pulse, tongue, pressure pain, emotional state, etc.

5 Treatment Methods Acupuncture is not just needles… many practitioners include massage (tuina), energy work (qigong), and other techniques such as cupping and moxibustion. Acupuncture is not just needles… many practitioners include massage (tuina), energy work (qigong), and other techniques such as cupping and moxibustion. Herbal Medicine is also an important branch of Chinese Medicine – which includes dietary adjustments and recommendations. Herbal Medicine is also an important branch of Chinese Medicine – which includes dietary adjustments and recommendations. Lifestyle changes and exercise are an important part of the healing process. Exercises such as Tai Chi, for example, are well known for their effects on the immune system. Lifestyle changes and exercise are an important part of the healing process. Exercises such as Tai Chi, for example, are well known for their effects on the immune system.

6 A Science and an Art Traditionally acupuncture was taught in a teacher/student model instead of formal schooling as it often is now. Traditionally acupuncture was taught in a teacher/student model instead of formal schooling as it often is now. While many conditions can be treated well with acupuncture with established protocols, it is still an art form requiring good instruction and techniques. While many conditions can be treated well with acupuncture with established protocols, it is still an art form requiring good instruction and techniques. You are likely to get different results from different practitioners as well as from different styles of acupuncture. You are likely to get different results from different practitioners as well as from different styles of acupuncture.

7 Hepatitis Introduction Autoimmune Hepatitis Autoimmune Hepatitis –Jaundice, Unresolved Acute Hepatitis, etc. –Corticosteroids/Prednisolone Calcium Absorbtion/Bone Formation Calcium Absorbtion/Bone Formation Hypertension, Fatigue, Weight Gain, Depression Hypertension, Fatigue, Weight Gain, Depression –50% 5 Year Survival Rate w/o Tx. –Pre Cirrhosis / 90% 5 Year Survival Rate w/Tx.

8 Chronic Hepatitis B 5% Acute HBV to Chronic Liver Disease. 5% Acute HBV to Chronic Liver Disease. Interferon Interferon –Fatigue, malaise, diarrhea –Lowered immunity via bone marrow interruption 3-5% w/o Treatment Resolve 3-5% w/o Treatment Resolve 50% w/Interferon Treatment Resolve 50% w/Interferon Treatment Resolve

9 Hepatitis C May be asymptomatic, chronic liver disease leading to cirrhosis. May be asymptomatic, chronic liver disease leading to cirrhosis. Interferon Interferon 80% Chronic Carriers and develop cirrhosis over 20+ years. 80% Chronic Carriers and develop cirrhosis over 20+ years.

10 Chinese Medicine Ideas Hepatitis effects the Liver, Gall Bladder and Spleen Systems of the Body Hepatitis effects the Liver, Gall Bladder and Spleen Systems of the Body Liver in Chinese Medicine: Liver in Chinese Medicine: –Stores the Blood, Circulates Qi/Energy, Controls the Tendons, Manifests in the Nails, Opens into the Eyes, Houses the Ethereal Soul (spirit). –Five Element Associations – Eyes, Tendons, Sour Taste, Green Color, Shouting, Emotions of Anger and Frustration, Spring Time, Wind

11 Gall Bladder in TCM Yin/Yang Pair with the Liver. Yin/Yang Pair with the Liver. –Stores and Excretes Bile (digestion) –Ability to make decisions –Controls the Tendons – energy for strength, whereas Liver supplies Blood for nourishment.

12 Spleen in TCM Controls the Blood, Produces energy from proper digestion and assimilation, Controls the muscles and limbs, controls the raising of energy, houses the Yi (intellect). Controls the Blood, Produces energy from proper digestion and assimilation, Controls the muscles and limbs, controls the raising of energy, houses the Yi (intellect).

13 Meridians

14 Functions of Acupuncture Strengthen Immunity Strengthen Immunity Resolve Auto-Immune Activity Resolve Auto-Immune Activity Control Pain and Side Effects of Complementary Treatments (Endorphin Effect) Control Pain and Side Effects of Complementary Treatments (Endorphin Effect) Stress Reduction/Improved Healing Potential Stress Reduction/Improved Healing Potential Improve Nerve Function/Energy Circulation Improve Nerve Function/Energy Circulation

15 Example TCM Diagnosis Damp Heat in the Liver and GallBladder Damp Heat in the Liver and GallBladder –Signs: Chest a/or hypochondriac pain/distention, jaundice, fever, bitter taste in the mouth, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling a/or itching of the genitals. –Tongue Dx: Red w/yellow Sticky Coat –Pulse Dx: Slippery, Wiry Rapid –Treatment Points – LV 14 (LV Mu), GB 24 (GB Mu), UB 18 (LV Shu – T9), UB 19 (GB Shu – T10), SP 9, LV 2, LI 11

16 UB 18 Liver Shu Point Main point for all Liver related conditions: hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis, Blood stagnation, Qi stagnation, etc. Main point for all Liver related conditions: hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis, Blood stagnation, Qi stagnation, etc. Main point for eye problems, pain, itching, dryness, redness, blurred vision, visual dizziness, twitching. Main point for eye problems, pain, itching, dryness, redness, blurred vision, visual dizziness, twitching. Main point for LV related emotional issues such as anger, depression, irritability, frustration, stress a/or PMS. Main point for LV related emotional issues such as anger, depression, irritability, frustration, stress a/or PMS. Useful for hypochondriac a/or sub costal pain/distention. Useful for hypochondriac a/or sub costal pain/distention.

17 Tam Healing System Developed by Tom Tam, acupuncturist, healer, and tai chi master, for the treatment of complicated medical conditions. Developed by Tom Tam, acupuncturist, healer, and tai chi master, for the treatment of complicated medical conditions. A unique composition of western and eastern medical ideas along with strong clinical experiences over 30 years. A unique composition of western and eastern medical ideas along with strong clinical experiences over 30 years. Based on pressure pain as a primary diagnostic tool. Based on pressure pain as a primary diagnostic tool. Primarily involves acupuncture, massage and energy work – very little herbal medicine. Primarily involves acupuncture, massage and energy work – very little herbal medicine.

18 Hepatitis Treatment Areas Primary T9 (Right Side) Primary T9 (Right Side) T1, T2, T3, T4, GB 34, LV 3 + T1, T2, T3, T4, GB 34, LV 3 + Why? Why? –Nerve function/communication with Liver. –T1 effects bone marrow – Immune system strengthening/regulation –T2 effects thymus gland – Produce T Cells –T3 effects Lung system and Lymph – removal of toxic heat, pimples on back –T4 regulates sweat glands, dissipate internal heat

19 Treatment Progression As with western medicine, acupuncture treatments and results should be seen as a longer-term investment. As with western medicine, acupuncture treatments and results should be seen as a longer-term investment. Symptomatic improvement, particularly with side effects of medicines, are often experienced within the first 3-7 treatments. Symptomatic improvement, particularly with side effects of medicines, are often experienced within the first 3-7 treatments. Treatments are generally weekly until symptoms improve and then bi-weekly/monthly/quarterly as each person requires. Treatments are generally weekly until symptoms improve and then bi-weekly/monthly/quarterly as each person requires.

20 Clinical Results The majority of people will have a favorable reaction to acupuncture and at the very least will have symptomatic improvement and improved well-being. The majority of people will have a favorable reaction to acupuncture and at the very least will have symptomatic improvement and improved well-being. With the Tam Healing system we experience higher resolution rates than general acupuncture as it is more targeted. With the Tam Healing system we experience higher resolution rates than general acupuncture as it is more targeted.

21 Yin Yang House Center Located at 512 Tremont Street, Suite A in the North Shore. Located at 512 Tremont Street, Suite A in the North Shore. Website – Website – – – Acupuncture treatments are $60/session. Acupuncture treatments are $60/session. General Info – General Info –


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