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Acuvaccination

Paper presented in Colombo and Hong Kong 1981-82, and complete work published in the form of a book Acuvaccination released in Stockholm, Sweden 1983, and presented to Nobel Library Archive


"Prevention is better than cure"

It is definitely much better to guard against diseases rather than having them and then getting them treated. It takes a long time to treat certain conditions, and even then, there are some diseases, which after treatment, also leave behind some residual marks or are not totally cured. The cost of treatment is sky rocketing so much that even the richest countries in the world are finding it difficult to maintain their health care system. World Health Organisation has also emphasised the importance of prevention, as a result of which today we don’t come across many diseases which used create havoc in the past and used to spread in epidemic form and taking away thousands and thousands of innocent lives. Thanks to modern medical science and the invention of vaccinations plague, small pox, rabies etc are today almost totally eradicated from the world. But in the future, vaccines may not be as effective as expected, firstly because of the changing nature of bacteria and viruses proteins as they adapt, in order to ensure their own survival, and secondly, due to the over prescribing of so many vaccines for newer and newer epidemics of unknown micro-organisms, the body’s natural defence system may get totally depressed and confused, resulting in losing its natural fighting capacity. This is not the case in Acuvaccination, as it helps the body to surmount difficult circumstances naturally, while changing the defence strategy as required.


Any medical science which has got the power to cure can also prevent it. Acupuncture, an ancient art of healing, has already proved to be remarkably effective, not only in the treatment of chronic and intractable diseases, but also in the field of anaesthesia and cosmetic, but the preventive aspect of acupuncture is still reasonably untouched. Over the last few decades extensive research work has been done at the “Indian Acupuncture Centre,” Allahabad, India, with the co-operation of the doctors and the staff of government hospitals and nursing homes, and it has been found that acupuncture is remarkably effective in the field of prevention also. The aim of this research project is not to eliminate life-saving vaccines, but to help populations where due to the constrains of sophistication, prohibitive cost, or under-production and many vaccines cannot be made available at the time of need, especially in inaccessible and remote areas of the world. Secondly, the aim is to provoke interest among doctors who are engaged in the field of Acupuncture to work more in this field and open a new chapter of prevention other than therapeutics, anaesthesia and cosmetics. Nevertheless the preventive aspect of acupuncture covers a wide area, and much work has been done and some is in progress, this field is still in its infancy. Whatever work has been done at the Indian Acupuncture Centre, Allahabad, India has also been published in the form of a book “Acuvaccination” (published in 1983 and released in Stockholm)


Basic Principles and Rationale of Acuvaccination

By repeated experiments it has been obsereved that Acupuncture enhances the body’s natural immune system, thereby strengthening the body’s resistance to disease. It has been proven to be due to an increase in the white blood corpuscles (Leucocytosis), antibodies, gamma-globulin, and other substances which increase the resistive body power. In many cases a two to four fold increase in antibody titre has been obsereved, presumably brought about by the activation of the reticulo-endothelial system. Therefore acupuncture can be safely used to combat many dreadful diseases and infections. The Author has used acupuncture in many infectious diseases including tuberculosis, where even secondary line of the pathogens developed resistance. Acupuncture has been found to be very helpful in extreme cases of AIDS, Cerebral Malaria, Tonsillitis, and various Carcinomas. Certain specific points are used specifically in different cases.


Place of Research

Just after my medical graduation and internship in 1971-72, I was posted as a medical officer 30 kilometres from Allahabad, a holy city in Northern India to look after 80 villages. I had a team of health workers, vaccinators, food inspector, medical assistants, nurses, midwives, a watchman, and other supportive staff to assist with my work. I also had an opportunity to work with a team from the World Health Organization during a small pox eradication program, as well as providing vaccinations against Poliomyelitis, Cholera, Measles, and other epidemic and infectious diseases. This was a great opportunity for me and I tried acupuncture against many dreadful diseases in the absence of conventional vaccines. For example in the case of polio drops I realized that sometimes live polio vaccines are not able to reach the place of immunization safely in an effective state due to heat, carelessness or the unawareness of vaccinators, resulting in epidemic breakouts in spite of polio vaccination. In these situations Acuvaccination proved to be convenient, easily accessible, economical and effective as it needs only a few couple of needles and a pair of trained hands.

The following are the diseases on which work is done with satisfactory results:
  1. Poliomyelitis
  2. Whooping Cough
  3. Mumps
  4. Cholera
  5. Tetanus
  6. Measles
  7. Diphtheria
  8. Typhoid
  9. Diabetes
  10. Hypertension
  11. High blood Cholesterol
  12. Ageing


Poliomyelitis

Poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis is a crippling childhood disease affecting central nervous system by the polio virus. The legs are more affected than the arms. It may prove fatal if the muscles of the larynx and pharynx are involved.

Materials and Method

Twenty six children of the age group six months to five years were selected for the study. Nine children who were exposed to a patient of Acute poliomyelitis in their own home were given direct moxibustion on the following points and a blister was raised which healed leaving a scar. No blister was raised on the point Dazhui.

  1. Weizhong (U. B. 40)
  2. Dachangshu (U. B. 25)
  3. Dazhui (G. V. 14) - No blister was raised
The remaining seventeen children from different hospitals and nursing homes were also immunised in the same manner on the above mentioned points. A blister was raised on point Yanlinquan (G. B. 34). Point Dazhui was not used in this group.

Observations

Out of nine children immunised at the Indian Acupuncture Centre, Allahabad, India, none developed poliomyelitis. Only one child who was immunised in hospital developed high fever only but no paralysis. The polio virus could not be/isolated from the secretions of the nasopharynx or faecal matter of the child in the pathological report.

Conclusion

It was thought that probably. “Dazhi” played an important role in raising the body resistance, and protected from fever as there was no case of poliomyelitis in the group where “Dazhi” was also used for stimulation. In interior villages of some developing countries where the facilities of polio drops are not easily available, this method could be of great a value as a preventive measure against poliomyelitis.


Whooping Cough

Pertussis or whooping cough is an acute respiratory infection of young children caused by hemophilus pertussis leading to severe paroxysmal cough, red face, sometimes blood stained saliva and finally vomiting.

Materials and Method

Seventeen children from the age group one to five years were selected for the study.

Points Used:

  1. Xuehai (Sp. 10)
  2. Sanyinjiao (Sp. 6)
  3. Chize (Lu. 5)
  4. Bbupendra “N”
All the seventeen children whose one or more relatives were suffering from acute whooping cough and were either isolated and hospitalised or were staying at homes, were punctured on the above mentioned points, letting out a couple of drops of blood using a three-edged needle.

Observations

Out of seventeen children only three children developed fever and cough after twenty one days of immunization, but it was not of a serious type and subsided within six days. Only in one case the virus haemophilus pertussis could be cultured.

Conclusion

Whooping cough might well be prevented by acupuncture by stimulating above mentioned points once only. Each point was stimulated by hand for about one and a half minute.


Mumps

Mumps or infected parotitis is an acute infection caused by a group of myxoviruses affecting children and adolescents, and characterized by fever, malaise, and enlarged parotid salivary glands.

Materials and Method

Eleven children from the age group five to thirteen were selected for the study in families where one or two children were suffering from mumps. Electro-stimulation was given on the following points for five minutes.

  1. Quchi (L. I. 11)
  2. Tinggong (S.1. 19)
  3. Xuehai (Sp. 10)

Observations

All the children who were exposed to this highly infectious disease did not develop mumps.

Conclusion

It was concluded that if children are given electro stimulation on the above mentioned points for three to five minutes once a year, it could potentially prevent mumps.


Cholera

It is an acute infection of all age groups caused by cholera vibrio, leading to diarrhoea, vomiting, leg cramps, and may lead to dehydration and death.

Materials and Method

In the months of June – July, year 1973 there was a small epidemic in a village near Allahabad, India. Seventeen patients from all age groups were given strong manual stimulation with the help of needles for two minutes on the following points.

  1. Zusanli (St. 36).
  2. Shenjue (C. V. 8) – Salt Moxibustion, for three minutes.
  3. Lingmen (St 21).
The rest of the people in the village were inoculated by cholera vaccine. About fifty people could not be inoculated at all. After twenty days it was found that out of fifty who were not inoculated, thirty six were suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Only one eight year old child of the acuvaccinated group suffered from diarrhoea and dehydration but no vomiting. The rest of the group that received Acuvaccination showed no symptoms of cholera.

Conclusion

In some villages where inoculation is not possible, acuvaccination may prove helpful in preventing cholera.


Tetanus

It is caused by clostridium tetani through an infected wound, leading to painful spasm of back muscles and “lock jaw”.

Materials and Method

Three types of cases were selected for the study.

  1. Pregnant mothers.
  2. Infants
  3. Patients with open wounds.
A total of 46 cases were selected for the study including all the above three groups, over a the period of one year. All 46 cases were injected with 1/4 cc. of long acting penicillin of 600,000 units dissolved in 2 cc. of distilled water at the point Quchi (L.1. 11) and strong hand stimulation was given on the point Dazhui G. V. 14 for two minutes.

Observations

None of the 46 individuals developed tetanus during the one year observation.

Conclusion

It was initially thought that penicillin was responsible for preventing tetanus. Later, however some cases were injected only with distilled water on L.1. 11 along with manual needle stimulation of GV 14 and the results were the same.


Measles

It is a highly infectious disease characterized by rasping cough, koplik’s spots on the buccal mucosa membrane and a distinctive maculo papular rash. It is a viral infection affecting mostly children.

Materials and Method

Eight children from the age group five to eleven years who has been exposed to the infection were selected for the study, and the following points were stimulated by a three-edged needle, letting out a couple of drops of blood.

  1. Cheze (L.5)
  2. Sanyinjiao (Sp.6)

Observations

Out of eight acuvaccinated children, three developed measles, two were of the severe type.

Conclusion

Later studies showed that the additional use of the Bhupendra “N” point enhanced the effects of Acuvaccination.


Diphtheria

It is caused by cornebacterium diphtheria characterized by a membranous exudate at the site of infection, resulting in toxic effects, respiratory failure and paralysis.

Materials and Method

Thirteen children from age group two to eleven years were selected from the isolation hospital where their relatives were suffering from diphtheria. Two drops of xylocain 2% injected at the following points.

  1. Quchi (L.1 11)
  2. Yangliquan (G. B. 34)
  3. S. P. 9—hand stimulation (acupressure) was given instead of acupuncture.

Observations

All these cases were exposed to the infection, but out of thirteen only one developed diphtheria a three year old child who survived without complications.


Typhoid

It is an acute infection caused by salmonella typhi resulting in bacteraemia, continuous fever, abdominal symptoms, with enlarged spleen and eruption of rose spots.

Materials and Method

Twenty one children from a variety of age groups were selected and the following points were stimulated by needle letting out a little blood and leaving the hole open

  1. Zusanli (St. 36)
  2. Quehi (L.I. 11)
  3. Shenjue (C.V. 8) Salt moxibution only.

Observations

After one year no case of typhoid was reported and acuvaccination was repeated.


The following are the more conditions where work is ongoing on and results are still awaited

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Coryza
  • Tuberculosis

Two new points inside the nose were postulated at the Indian Acupuncture Centre, Allahabad, India for electro-acupuncture without needles and found to be very effective as a prophylaxis against the common cold or coryza. Work is still in progress to determine whether these nose points may prove effective as a preventive measure against those infections diseases where the root of entry is through the naso pharynx or inhalation.