Obesity TCM Therapy

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Acupuncture and moxibustion for obesity

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(1) Body Acupuncture
Acupoints Selected: Quchi (LI 11), Shangjuxu (ST 37), Neiting (ST44), Yinlingquan (SP9) and Sanyinjiao (SP6).
Modification: For heat in the stomach and intestines: Hegu (LI 4), Zusanli (ST 36) and Fenglong (ST 40) are added; for asthenia of stomach and spleen qi, Pishu (BL20), Weishu (BL21), Zusanli (ST 36) and Taibai (SP3) are added; for insufficiency of renal primordial qi, Zhongwan (CV 12), Guanyuan (CV 4) and Sanjiaoshu (BL22) are added; for constipation, Tianshu ( ST25 ), Zhigou (TE6) and Yanglingquan (GB 34) are added; for profuse sweating, Zhongwan (CV 12), Shangwan (CV 13) and Zusanli (ST 36 ) are added; for somnolence, Zhaohai (KI 6), Shenmai (BL62) and Tianshu (ST 25) are added; for abdominal distension, Xiaochangshu (BL27), Xiajuxu (ST 39) and Wangu (SI 4) are added; for palpitation and shortness of breath, Shenmen (HT 7), Neiguan (PC6) and Jugue (CV 14) are added. For thirst with polydipsia, Zusanli (ST 36), Chengjiang (CV 24) and Taixi (KI3) are added; for edema of lower limbs, Shangqiu (SP 5), Shuifen (CV 9) and Sanjiaoshu (BL 22) are added; for irregular menstruation, Xuehai (SP 10), Diji (SP8) and Ququan (LR8) are added; for impotence, Shenshu (BL23), Mingmen (GV 4) and Guanyuan (CV 4) are added.
Performance: Heat in the stomach and intestines is treated with reducing needling technique; asthenia of spleen and stomach qi or insufficiency of renal primordial qi is treated with reinforcing or mild reinforcing and reducing needling techniques. In the early stage 4 - 5 acupoints are selected each time. Eventually ten or more acupoints are selected for each treatment. Deep needling is required for all acupoints except the ones on the limbs.

(2) Ear Acupoints    
Acupoints Selected: Hunger Point ( External Nose ) ( TG1,2i ), Mouth ( CO1), Esophagus (CO2), Lung (CO14), Stomach (CO4), Endocrine (CO18) and Pancreas and gallbladder (CO11).

Performance: All the acupoints mentioned above are needled with filiform needles once every other day; for embedment of needles and ear pressure with Wangbuliuxingzi (Semen Vaccariae), patients are advised to press themselves three times a day (in hunger, before meal and sleep), each acupoint for 2 - 3 minutes. The two ears are pressed in alternation.

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