My patient is a 49 year old male who has had a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis for 19 years. He has a classic "bamboo spine" appearnace of his lumbar spine on x-ray. He has had no benefit from any alllopathic treatments to date. On TCM Tongue exam he has tooth indentations on the right side of his tongue (qi deficiency in the liver meridian) and yin excess in the spleen and stomach area. On Pulse exam he has deficient pulses in all teh meridians in his left pulse (heart, liver, gall bladder, kidney and small intestine). He also has tinnitus.
I treated him with needles placed at SP6, ST36, TF4 ( for the tinnitus) and GB2. After one treatment his tinnitus was 50% improved and his ability to flex forward at the waist placed his fingertips 2 inches closer to teh floor. I remember that the rheumatoid syndromes are related to Cold being trapped in the deep layers of the body. Any suggestions? Has anyone treated such patients? I am unable to use moxa because I am doing the treatments in a clinic setting. The one time I tried using moxa it created quite an unpleasant stir.