Acupuncture Continuing Education

Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxa, Gua Sha

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A. Fire Cupping

If you use a flame for cupping treatment, be careful not to burn the patient’s skin, hair or clothes.

Diagnosis: Excess fire at the Wei, Qi and Blood levels

Treatment plan: Sedate the excess heat by using cool water

Herbal formula: Xiao Feng San (with modifications)


Case study
An intern at the school’s clinic, while performing fire cupping, accidentally ignited the patient’s nylon pants. The patient’s pants caught on fire and the patient suffered a first degree burn. The intern should have immediately thrown a towel or water onto the burning clothing to extinguish the flame. After the fire is put out, the patient’s skin should be rinsed with cool tap water, and then egg whites, honey, or skin lotion should be applied to the patient’s skin. After two hours, use Ching Wan Hong cream or Wan Hua oil.  Also, use Xiao Feng San (with modifications) or take Chuan Xin Lian pills for one week.

Internal Herbal Formula:

Shi Gao    Gypsum                                30g
Zhi Mu     Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Asphodeloidis    12g
Shi Gao and Zhi Mu cool the Stomach and clear excess heat. Shi Gao sedates Qi level (muscle layer) heat. Zhi Mu’s heat sedating function is milder, but it able to moisten dryness.

Lu Gen        Rhizoma Phragmitis Communis        30g
Bai Mao Gen   Rhizoma Imperatae Cylindricae      30g
Lu Gen and Bai Mao Gen both reduce damp heat from the Lung and Lower Jiao, promote urination, and moisten dryness. Lu Gen, however, has a stronger moistening action. Bai Mao Gen is also able to stop bleeding.

Jin Yin Hua   Flos Lonicerae Japonicae           30g
Lian Qiao     Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae       12g
Jin Yin Hua and Liao Qiao both clear heat toxicity and release the surface. Jin Yin Hua tends to flow to the surface. Liao Qiao dissolves nodules.

Sheng Di Huang   Radux Rehmanniae Glutinosae     30g
Xuan Shen        Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis 12g
Mu Dan Pi        Cortex Moutan Radicis           12g
Zi Cao           Radix Arnebiae seu Lithospermi  12g
All the herbs above cool Blood heat. Sheng Di Huang nourishes the Yin, Blood and Jing. Xuan Shen clears heat toxicity and dissolves nodules. Mu Dan Pi promotes Blood circulation. Zi Cao clears skin rash due to heat.

Bai Shao         Radix Peoniae Lactiflorae       15g
Shi Jue Ming     Concha Haliotidis               30g
Bai Shao and Shi Jue Ming both settle the Liver Yang. Bai Shao also nourishes the Blood and Yin and harmonizes the Ying and Wei.

Gan Cao          Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis     3g
Gan Cao harmonizes the ingredients of formula.


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