Hernia is a condition where an internal body organ push down through the weakness of the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. There are some type of hernia, which are inguinal hernia, richter’s hernia, femoral hernia, umbilical hernia, and hiatal hernia. Hernia usually happen between your chest and hips. This invasion of body organ can produce lump or swelling in your abdomen. This lump can often be pushed back in or disappear when the patien lie down. Coughing or straining can make the lump reappear. This type of hernia is called as inguinal hernia.
The most common symptom of hernia, especially for inguinal hernia is the present of the lump at your abdomen. The other symptoms of hernia would be burning or sharp pain sensation, tearing sensation, feeling of fullness, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
The main caused of hernia is a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Hernia can develop suddenly or gradually over a long period of time. The cause of the muscle weakness are congenital defect, age, chronic coughing, surgery, being pregnant, heavy weight lifting, fluid in the abdomen, and sudden weight gain.
Related Acupuncture Points :
St-30/ Liv-8/ Liv-3
Acupuncture Treatment For Hernia
Acupuncture treatment practise regard the disorder of hernia is caused by immunity weakness, qi of kidney deficiency. The treatment generally will aim to raise the yang, or the qi of the spleen. The treatment will take a place at some acupoints including KI27 (shu fu), ST13 (qi hu), GV20 (bai hui) and LR5 (li gou), and some group of acupoints known as naganos. The explanation of the use of acupoints are as follow :
1. KI27 : It is the last point of the kidney meridian. It is regarded as the shu of shu points. KI27 is
located two cun lateral to the ren channel, on the lower border of the clavicle.
2. ST13 : This point is located close to KI27. It is found four cun lateral to the ren channel on the
lower border of the clavicle. ST13 is a site of intersection of the stomach, large intestine, triple warmer, small intestine, and many other divergent meridians, hence its ability to raise the yang.
3. GV20 : It is the most well known point for the treatment of hernia. It is located five cun within
the anterior hairline on the governing vessel channel, it has the ability to raise the yang, especially with the use of moxibustion.
4. LR5 : It is an additional point to use to treat the hernia, especially if the disorder is related to
liver, as in the case of inguinal hernia or uterine prolapse.
5. Naganos : It is a special group of points that can be needled in the treatment of hernia. It is
located at the close proximity to LI11 (qu chi) and LI10 (shou san li).
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