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  • Writer's pictureCat Calhoun


Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is a retrovirus that causes AIDS. AIDS is also known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The HIV virus weakens a person's ability to fight off infections and cancer. A patient with HIV moves into the AIDS status when they acquire infection or cancers and/or when the CD4 count is less than 200.

This immune disease requires a lot of lifestyle and diet changes, can truly benefit from herbal therapy, and emotional management, as detailed in the post about general autoimmune disease. Your treatments for these patients must be entered around their channel and Zangfu diagnoses. Many HIV patients have both Spleen and Stomach issues and Liver issues stemming from stress and viral attack.

To treat with Tung's points, I recommend this basic prescription plus intelligent use of points based on point categories and functions to target affected channels.

Dr. Robert Chu's WTH point prescription addresses Spleen and Stomach issues, Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidney. Gallbladder and Kidney points address bone marrow for both the mind, the bones, and blood cell health. Retain these needles at least 30 minutes and add other points intelligently.

Left side:

Right side:

  • Huo Ying, Huo Zhu, Lv 6* *Master Tung's Liver 6 point isn't on the bone, but is right next to the margin of the tibia on the Spleen channel. Use your fingernail to palpate and slide the needle right next to the bone.

  • Gb 34, Gb 39

Herbal basic prescriptions for immunodeficiency

Though I'm not even pretending this is an herbal tutorial, I do recommend the use of Qi and Blood tonics. Consider modifying the following for your patient's diagnosis and differentiation.

  • Si jun zi tang or Liu jun zi tang

  • Ba zhen tang

  • Shi quan da bu tang Boost blood quality and volume, warms the Yang

  • Bu zhong yi qi tang Boosts Spleen Qi and Yang

  • Ren shen yang ying tang To nourish the Spleen and Kidney

  • Yu ping feng san To tonify and regulate Wei Qi

Evergreen's Immune+, Cordyceps 3, Herbal ABX, and Imperial Tonic are all excellent for HIV and AIDS patients.

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