I am a practicing medical oncologist. I have been trained in TCM and medical acupuncture. Today I had an interesting experience in the clinic which I would like to share with my TCM colleagues.
An 89 year old man with multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia was given a second dose of intravenous immunoglobulin to treat his immune deficiency ( hypogammaglobulinemia). The first infusion was given in February without incident. He was premedicated only with Benadryl prior to today's infusion.
During the infusion he developed a full blown anaphylactic reaction. After administration of IV solu-Medrol his reaction was continuing. I found a high level of activity at the allergy point on his ear with a point finder. Electrostimulation of this point had no effect on his symptoms which , ultimately, required IV epinephrine to subdue.
I know that acute asthmatic attacks can be successfully treated with acupuncture. Has anyone had experience using auriculo or body acupuncture for anaphylactic reactions?