Acupuncture for Sjogren’s syndrome

Sjogrens syndromeSjogren’s disease is an auto immune disease affecting the glands that control tears and saliva. Dryness is the main symptom and especially affects the eyes and throat. The disease affects more women that men and can also cause vaginal dryness. It also typically affects women over the age of 50.

From a western medical point of view there is no known cause or any effective treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine views the disease as having more than one cause and the other presenting symptoms of the patient will determine the course of treatment.

Yin and Yang in the body needs to be regulated in order to treat Sjogren’s syndrome. In fact ancient classic Chinese medicine text books describe yin deficiency having the symptoms of dry eyes, dry throat, dry skin, vaginal dryness, with thirst and flushing. Chinese medicine also views that diseases can be due to environmental factors such as dry weather and dry wind penetrating the body and disrupting the normal distribution of fluids.

In addition, there is a system in Chinese medicine that refers to what is known as the eight extra ordinary meridians which are used to address the constitutional factors of the person. These meridians can be used to treat immune disorders.

Certain acupuncture meridians such as the liver and gall bladder travel to the eyes and acupuncture points on the pathway such as liver 3 tai chong can be used to treat eye problems. In Chinese medicine there is a saying that the tears are the fluids of the liver so if the liver is weak or damaged in some way, tears will suffer.

Furthermore as we know, the kidneys are to do with the filtration of water in the body and hence acupuncture points on the kidney meridian can be selected to moisten the dryness.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used as a specialty in treating eye diseases including the symptoms associated with Sjogren’s syndrome for hundreds of years.

About Heiko Lade

Hi, I'm Heiko Lade - qualified acupuncturist at The Acupuncture Clinic in Napier, New Zealand. If you have any questions about what you’ve read or would like more details about what I can do for you, please contact me.


Comments

  1. Sjogren Patient says:

    thank you very much!

  2. Sjogren Patient says:

    This post is very interesting and suggesting but I cannot use much of it. For instance, could you tell a combination of acupunture points for my menopausal sjogren. So far I’ve been using on my self the standard procedure for reumathoid artritis and an anti-inflamatory diet. Liver 3, kidney 3, stomach 36 and 4LI. What do you think? thank you so much in advance

    • Heiko Lade says:

      If you a qualified practitioner of acupuncture, I suggest obtaining the book, The Treatment of Western Medical Diseases with CM by Bob Flaws. There is a chapter on Sjorgen’s in that book. Heiko

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