Dramatic Relief of Methastatic Colon Cancer Pain in Liver, Peritoneum, and Lung in Terminal Patients Using Press Cups
Cancer can be a devastating disease when diagnosed and addressed at later stages of evolution. My patient was a female, 65, with diffuse pain on the right hypochondriac region, that had an insidious worsening of the pain, started at mid-February 2005, that rapidly spread to the lumbar, iliac and umbilical areas. In less than two weeks the entire abdomen was hurting, with more intensity on the right side. MRI scans confirmed masses on the right colon, liver, lungs and peritoneum compatible with neoplastic growth. Biopsy of colon confirmed cancer. Morphine was immediately started at high dosages of 60 mg, with mineral oil to avoid constipation. Little relief of pain although measurable was insufficient. With the permission of the medical staff at the Quinta D´Or Hospital at Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, a tentative non-conventional domiciliary therapy with acupuncture press cups was commenced since the chief of staff was an interested and curious enthusiast in eastern medicine, earnestly struggling with the reduction of the patient’s pain. Immediate research was begun to be conducted on what approach could be adopted to treat the patient, as she was a relative of the author of this article.
Since no invasive methods including needling or blood-letting were permitted. The author who is also a physician, started a Japanese method of Kyukaku (cupping) he researched on the internet to address the pain of the patient. The practitioner had absolutely no training, knowledge, technique and obviously no clinical previous experience. I (Martius de Oliveira, AP CRM 57353960) started reading the main clinical usages of Kyukaku, which include:
• Releases muscle tension and relieves Blood stasis
• Use to move large amounts of wind from constantly migrating pain
• Useful for pain management, loosens tight muscles
• Useful for Blood stasis a/or moving stagnant Qi
• Useful for weak a/or deficient patients
• Useful for chronic pain
• Useful for blood stasis a/or pain
Cupping Methods Used:
- Applied a total of 6 press cups with medium pressure;
- Pressure applied on cups required a lot of good sense to avoid excessive reddening, purpling and bloating.
- There were no specific places of application. Choice of locus for application of the press cups were selected with criteria. In fact, I used a simplistic methodology which consisted basically of choosing places without infection or bleeding but with significant local pain and painful bloating of certain areas.
- Cups were retained for 20+ minutes on the patients abdomen;
- Vaseline was applied and no moving or sliding was applied;
- Cupping was either done locally or distally depending on the amount of inflammation in the area;
- In all the 20 or so applications, with no exceptions, the patient pain status changed dramatically from excruciating pain to deep sleep for at least six hours without the use of morphine;
- During the entire period of remaining life of the patient (my aunt) morphine dosages plunged from more than 60mg to 20mg a day;
Except for the growing tiredness, my aunt experienced a marvelous state of optimism in face of death and excellent appetite, although the ponderal loss was impressive. Besides her daily practice of Buddhism, now with acupuncture, she became definitely convinced she was made of an energy she could not see but sense and feel coursing through her frail body. In indication that perhaps all she believed for in her life was real. She passed away in peace two weeks later.