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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Could Acupuncture Reduce Feet Swelling in CKD Patient

2015-04-28 05:36

Swelling in hands, legs, feet or ankles is one of the common symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients. Could acupuncture reduce feet swelling in CKD patient?

Indeed, acupuncture can indeed reduce swelling in CKD patients. How does it happen? Follow to get more information about this problem and treatment method.

Swelling in Chronic Kidney Disease

swelling or edema is caused by decline of kidney function. When kidneys are damaged, they cannot maintain fluid balance, resulting in extra fluid builds up under the skin. This is experienced as a pitted edema which is more prominent in the lower half of the body. It presents with cold limbs, lumbar pain, shortness of breath and mental fatigue.

How does Acupuncture reduce feet swelling?

During Acupuncture, the doctor use needles to insert certain acupoints, according to the types of swelling. By stimulating the acupoints, Qi stagnation and the constriction of blood vessels can be improved.

An example of how acupuncture is used to treat edema can be seen from the moxibustion treatment of pedal edema. The acupuncture points favored are Spleen 9 and Stomach 36.

Spleen 9 is found below, but on the inside of, the knee. It is a point situated below the medial condyle bone of the knee. Stomach 36, on the other hand, is found on the shin bone, a few inches below the knuckle of the knee.

During treatment, a smoldering moxa stick is held a couple of inches above these points for 5 minutes. This is repeated over the course of a week.

Traditional Chinese herbs are also commonly used in acupuncture treatment of swelling. Usually, they are decoctions containing herbs known for their diuretic properties and the ability to stimulate blood circulation.


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