Chinese Medicine Can Also Cure Emergencies or Suddenly Occurring Diseases

Dr. Li Defu

PureInsight | January 6, 2003

[] I learned my acupuncture skills from my family going back several generations. My patients near and far know me as a diligent and conscientious doctor. I try my best to deserve that reputation.

My clinic has three treatment rooms. Most of the time things are relatively quiet. My patients are from various backgrounds, comprised of various races, ages and dispositions. For the most part, they come to see me for their back pains, headaches, sore shoulders, pains in their arms, knees, wrists, and ankles, and stomach troubles. But from time to time I do treat emergency cases and complicated illnesses that other doctors feel helpless to treat. You may ask, "Why isn't a patient in an emergency situation sent to an emergency room, instead of to a Chinese medicine doctor who can only inspect the tongue and read the pulses? Does this not endanger the patient's life?" People usually misunderstand that Chinese medicine is capable of only treating and curing chronic illnesses. Actually, other than emergencies such as amputations and surgical organ removal because of serious internal bleeding, Chinese medicine is actually the best choice for many urgent and acute illnesses. This is because, 80% of patients who visit emergency rooms are forced to go there because they suffer from symptoms that cannot be controlled, such as angina pectoris, excessive bleeding, heatstroke, coma and asthma. The pains or the symptoms of the illnesses are beyond their tolerance level, and they cannot wait for an appointment that might be two or three months down the line. The patients feel helpless and have to seek urgent help from the emergency services. Acupuncture can promptly treat, control and cure many acute illnesses, and take patients out of danger.

In fact, using acupuncture treatment to treat acute diseases is not a new invention. It has a long history in China. Many such cases are documented extensively in ancient Chinese books. For example, Shi Ji: Bian Que Chronicles described how Bian Que, a famous Chinese doctor who lived during the Period of Warring States, used acupuncture to bring back a prince who had been pronounced dead for half a day. In the book Prescriptions for Emergency Cases written in the Eastern Ji Dynasty, Ge Hong described how to use acupuncture to bring people from heart failure and other complicated, acute illnesses such as cholera. In the book Theories on the Root Causes of Various Diseases written in the Sui Dynasty, Chao Yuanfa wrote how to use acupuncture to treat stroke and other acute heart problems. In Essential Emergency Prescriptions, Sun Simiao of the Tang Dynasty wrote extensively on using acupuncture to treat acute diseases such as stroke, severe vomiting and diarrhea, urinary obstruction, uterine bleeding, lung problems, swollen midriff, snake bite, rabies, epilepsy, and other acute illnesses. He indicated that these treatments were highly successful in clinical applications.

Recently, I treated a patient who had a long history of having fevers so high that he would fall into a coma. When his family brought him to my clinic, he had become allergic to all kinds of medicines and his body was covered with rash from the allergic reactions. Doctors of western medicine did not know what more they could do. The patient's fever just would not go down and he was beginning to exhibit signs of respiratory failure. I used a needle to scratch his ear lobe and let out 5 to 7 drops of blood. In less than five minutes, the high fever was gone. The medical effect was so remarkable that the patient's family members were astonished.

Why is it that letting go of several drops of blood from the ear by means of an acupuncture needle can lead to something western medicine and treatment cannot achieve?

It is because there is a direct relationship between the ear and internal organs. I will cover that in the next installment of this article.

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