In June 2018 I experienced a horrific reaction to a supplement (glutathione) that caused a continuous menstrual bleed that lasted 8 months nonstop. By July gynecologist tried to stop bleeds with high dose birth control pills, it failed and I stopped a month later, but not before it caused major damage to my mental and physical state. Due to my mothers urging, I decided to see her acupuncturist. Thankfully she was able to stop my bleeding after 12 days straight of acupuncture. Each month the profuse bleeding would show up and she would do 10 days of acupuncture to stop it. This mimicked a natural cycle but even then my cycles were still all over the place. At the 8 month mark, my period was able to stop on its own but periods were 10 days long.
At some point she decided it was time to include moxibustion. I would describe them as smokey grey blocks inside a metal tin that was placed over the uterus area. Suddenly I started to react strangely to the moxibustion. Nothing I could find online would explain this and I still am recovering from the effects today after only 5-7 sessions of moxibustion. On the first day of moxibustion, I experienced a nasal congestion I have never experienced before. As the sessions continued, my nose became increasingly congested and on the 3rd day I came down with a cold with an intensity I have never felt. I literally could not breathe at all. Nasal passages closed shut. No amount of saline or steaming could open those passages. Developed Bronchitis too. I need to add that after moxibustion I was so thirsty that no amount of water could quench the thirst. I drank so much water yet only urinated once in 2 days. It felt like it dried me up internally.
3 months later…the cold/bronchitis recovered but I was left with daily nasal congestion. After that first day of moxibustion, I have just felt a dryness within my body. And the nasal passages are like the sahara desert. I assume this is why it feels congestioned constantly. What happened? Why this reaction after moxibustion? It’s almost like my body was so weak that moxibustion was too strong and caused my body to go into some sort of overdrive. Did it cause too much heat in my body? The last time I spoke to a chinese herbalist I believe she said I have spleen, kidney and liver “deficiency” and something along the lines of a great amount of “heat” (translation/language barrier). I know it would be someones instinct to disprove that what I may have experienced is from moxibustion, but my reaction was during my first session the second she put that metal tin over my stomach area. I have never felt my immune system take such a hit with this intensity, so I know it was from that specifically. I am almost a year out and I still experience daily nasal congestion. Only reprieve I get is when I use a saline spray. But I can’t live with a temporary fix, I am looking to reverse the condition it caused. If I remedy the spleen, kidney, liver issue with herbs and acupuncture, will this nasal condition reverse itself?