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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Appendicitis - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Appendicitis - Basics

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes infected and swells. The most characteristic symptom is the gradual onset of abdominal pain, in addition to nausea and loss of appetite.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Appendicitis.


Appendicitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of appendicitis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of appendicitis:



Appendicitis - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for appendicitis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Appendicitis


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Appendicitis - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (1) acupuncture point may be useful for appendicitis. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




The following (1) Formula TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Appendicitis

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Wan

  • Rhubarb and Moutan Combination
    • Breaks up heat, moves blood stagnation and reduces swelling, release through the bowels - appendicitis, lower abdominal distension with pain, intestinal abscesses, hemorrhoids.
    • Post surgical infections, particularly in the colon and/or lower warmer.
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
    • Groin pain relieved by flexing hip and without urinary difficulty (but with symptoms similar to a UTI).
  • Drain Downward
  • Purge Heat Accumulation
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • As this formula will cause looser stools use with caution in deficient and/or elderly patients.
    • Used for general appendicitis - avoid in infant appendicitis, or appendicitis with necrosis, peritonitis and/or parasites.



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