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acupuncture for ulcerative colitis

acupuncture for ulcerative colitis

【male, 30s】

【male, 30s】

<what is ulcerative colitis? >
the number of patients with ulcerative colitis in japan is 133,543 (based on the number of medical certificates issued for specific diseases in 2011), which is about 100 per 100,000 population, less than half the number in the united states.
ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon that causes erosions and ulcers in the mucous membrane (the innermost layer) of the colon. the characteristic symptoms are diarrhea with or without blood loss and frequent abdominal pain. the lesions tend to spread continuously and ascendingly (mouth ward) from the rectum, up to the entire rectum and colon.
the peak age of onset is between 20 and 24 years old in males and between 25 and 29 years old in females, but it can occur in both young and elderly people. the male to female ratio is 1:1 with no difference in gender. people who smoke are much less likely to develop the disease than those who do not smoke.
the cause of the disease is still unknown, although it is thought to be related to intestinal bacteria, an abnormal autoimmune response that prevents the immune system from functioning properly, or changes in diet.

main symptoms

ulcerative colitis. It has been 3-4 years since she was diagnosed.
she goes to the bathroom 15 to 25 times a day. even at night, which leads to lack of sleep and keeps her in a bad cycle.
A year ago, she had a camera scan and was diagnosed with moderate levels.
She also suffers from hemorrhoids due to her frequent trips to the toilet.
Her autonomic nervous system is also disturbed, and the bad cycle continues.
She has been taking medication, but there is no improvement in her condition, so she came to us for acupuncture treatment.

visual observation and palpation

no problem was found on visual observation.
palpation revealed hypertension in the gluteus maximus and the medius muscles. muscle tension in the neck was also found to be strong.


neck: adjustment of autonomic nerve function was performed by treating neck stiffness.
lower back and hips: intensive treatment was given to the gluteus medius, medius muscles, and multifidus muscles to improve blood flow in the pelvis.

5th treatment: the number of times i use the bathroom seems to have decreased a little.
10th treatment: although her colitis is not good, she feels less stressed at work by the neck treatment.
15th treatment: her stomach is feeling much better. hemorrhoids also became a little easier.
20th treatment: sometimes not feeling well, but clearly feeling better than the first treatment.
30th treatment: her stomach continues to be in good condition. toilet visits are less frequent, and he feels more comfortable.

subjective symptoms are reduced to the 2 if the pain at the first visit was 10. she is now continuing treatment.


acupuncture for ulcerative colitis

ulcerative colitis is an intractable disease classified as a specific disease by the ministry of health, labor and welfare.
the cause of the disease is unknown, and a cure is difficult to achieve.
many patients with ulcerative colitis come to our clinic.
there are many patients whose symptoms are relieved by improving autonomic nerve function through detailed trigger point therapy in the neck and improving blood flow in the pelvis through trigger point therapy in the hips.
although it is not a direct approach, i think it is one of the options to improve QOL to expect symptom relief by natural therapy.