Ephraim Ferreira Medeiros，Director of the International Education and Research Department of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Study Centre-Brazil/China
Q9: COVID-19 is a new disease that is gradually being understood. Each day new information and transformations arise. Perhaps one of the most striking is the emergence of hematological manifestations such as clotting problems or even stroke in patients with no history of comorbidity. I would like to know if the professor has anything to share or suggest in terms of strategy specifically for patients with more evident hematological manifestations ?
Ge You Wen: This problem must come from the COVID-19 clinic, because the blood coagulation or stroke problems will certainly occur in the clinic. As I have said before, one of the bottom lines of the Gengzi year (2020) is wooden qi, i.e. human liver qi. Once the liver qi stagnates, the qi at the Taichong acupoint will be passed to Jueyin, and there will be problem with ability of conveyance and dispersion including the blood vessels. Then blood circulation, qi circulation, and water circulation will all be blocked. The wooden qi is blocked this year. So the herbs such as Guizhi(cassia twig), Xixin(Asarum), Mahuang(Ephedra) and Chaihu (Bupleurum) in QFPDT are used to deal with this major problem. This was taken into account when formulating the prescription at the beginning. So in clinic practice, I suggest that two needles can be put on one Taichong point to strengthen the meridian qi at this acupoint, which plays a very important role in the occurrence of critical phase or inflammatory storms during western medicine treatment. Moreover, according to a large number of tongue coatings and other information with four TCM diagnosis methods in the clinic of COVID-19, most patients have dark purple tongues and liver stagnation. Therefore, QFPDT together with the needling method of 18 matched acupoints can solve this problem.
The eighteen acupoints are:
SJ2(Yemen), SJ6(Zhigou), BL60(Kunlun), BL66(Tonggu), KI3(Taixi), GB43(Xiaxi), LR3(Taichong), LU7(Lieque), LU5(Chize), SP3(Taibai), SP9(Yinlingquan), ST40(Fenglong), SI3(Houxi), GB20(Fengchi), DU16(Fengfu), LU11(Shaoshang), LI1(Shangyang), and SJ1(Guanchong).