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Acupuncture used for dengue

25th October 2006

The Philippines Council for Health and Development (CHD) has been promoting acupuncture treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a way of boosting the immune system to lessen the impact of the dengue virus on the body.

The country has received 13,468 reports of dengue cases with 167 dead from January to August this year.

Dengue patients have filled even the hallways of hospitals in the hardest-hit areas.

People who do not undergo acupuncture treatment are more at risk for the development of dengue hemorrhagic fever than those who complete six to 10 sessions of acupuncture, of 30 minutes per treatment a week, according to Dr.Celestino Dizon, an acupuncturist with the CHD.

Dizon adds that acupuncture is also effective in bringing down the temperature of a person with dengue fever.

Even in the later stages of the infection, Dizon says, acupuncture can still help stop the bleeding of the patient.

He says white blood cell counts increases after a course of acupuncture, meaning the treatment can boost the body's immune system.

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