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Acupuncture Treatment For Tuberculosis (TB)

According to the Traditional Chinese Method, the cause of TBC and acupoints targeted for each cause
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Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and generally affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. Most infections do not have symptoms, in which case it is known as latent tuberculosis. About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kills about half of those infected. However, the classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood-containing sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. In fact, infection of other organs can cause a wide range of different symptoms.1



The recommended treatment includes stimulating the following points: LI-11 (Quchi), HT-7 (Shenmen), TB-10 (TianJing), ST-36 (Zusanli), LI-4 (Hegu), GB-41 (Zulinqi), Ex-HN-15 (Bailao) and EX (Luozhai). The points HT-7, GB-39 (Juegu) and Ex-HN-15 should be needled before moxibustion. However, EX should have moxibustion only but needling without moxibustion is possible for all the other points. However, those which are ulcerated should have moxibustion on the point.2 Furthermore, it has been clinically proved that the points HT-7 and GB-39 have the function of relieving inflammation and expectoration, to produce analgesic effect and decrease swelling during tuberculosis. In this sense, the point EX possesses the effect of relieving internal heat, while detoxicating and reducing of sweating. TB-10 contribute moistening the lungs thus nourishing for vitality. The point Ex-HN-15 has the effect of circulating the vital energy and eliminating expectoration; it also has the analgesic function and dispelling abdominal lump. ST-36, and LI-11 have some nourishing effect calming the liver and activating the stomach activity in order to improve one’s appetite. In addition, tuberculosis patients are requested to reduce their current medication while receiving acupuncture treatment.3

Another perspective on treatment deals with patterns that represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of tuberculosis such as: Lung yin deficiency, lung yin deficiency fire, lung qi and yin deficiency, yin and yang deficiency. For lung yin deficiency, the acupoints recommended are LU-9, KD-3, LU-1, BL-13, BL-43, ST-36 and SP-6. For lung yin deficiency fire, the acupoints suggested are LU-9, LU-1, BL-13, KD-3, LU-10, LU-6 and HT-6. Now, for lung qi and yin deficiency the recommended points are LU-9, BL-13, SP-6, ST-36, CV-17. Finally, yin and yang deficiency is better approached by stimulating LU-9, BL-13, CV-4 and KD-3.4


  1. Tuberculosis – who.int – 2018, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/
  2. Curing tuberculosis with acupuncture – geocities.ws – 2016, http://www.geocities.ws/altmedd/acupuncture/chinacongress84/curing_tuberculosis_with_acupunc.html
  3. Curing tuberculosis with acupuncture – geocities.ws – 2016, http://www.geocities.ws/altmedd/acupuncture/chinacongress84/curing_tuberculosis_with_acupunc.html
  4. Pulmonary tuberculosis – tcm.health-info.org – 2002, http://tcm.health-info.org/Acupunture/treatment/pulmonary-tuberculosis.htm