Woman dies from “tui na” and acupuncture treatment
[Note] [Master Chen says] This is a vigorous clinical discussion about the cause of death of a 29-year-old woman immediately after undergoing a 45-minute session of “tui na” and acupuncture treatment. Although death from acupuncture malpractice is very rare, it can happen as this case shows.
I have posted this discussion here and as a page on [masterchensays] for easy access.
A 29-year-old woman went to a Chinese medicine clinic in Wanzai in Hong Kong for treatment. A 32-year-old male “doctor” of Chinese medicine first applied “tui na” or “push and pull” treatment and then acupuncture on the foot of the woman. The treatment began at 8:00 p.m. on March 19, 2015. At 8:45 p.m., the male doctor removed the acupuncture needle from the woman’s foot. The woman immediately went into spasms and then fainted. By the time an ambulance was called and the woman rushed to the hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her heart beat had stopped and there was incontinence. An autopsy will be performed. The young doctor was not detained by police since no crime has been committed. According to Go Wing-men, head of the Hong Kong Food and Health Administration, death from acupuncture treatment is rare.
[Master Chen says]
Indeed, death due to acupuncture treatment is rare. Here is an analysis.
(1) The procedure of performing “tui na” or “push and pull” first and then immediately followed by acupuncture on the foot is incorrect. It is a very dangerous combination.
First, acupuncture treatment on any part of the body should never follow a “tui na” session immediately. There must be at least a rest period of 40 minutes to 2 hours, preferably a 2-hour to 4-hour rest period between sessions.
(2) “Tui na” is very effective at relaxing, readjusting, and realigning the muscles. The “tui na” session would have readjusted and realigned the muscles, changed the flow of “chi” or inner energy, based on the theory of Chinese medicine. In terms of Western understanding of human physiological and muscular function, “tui na”, actually a form of deep tissue massage, would have realigned the muscle groups, and neurotransmission pathways are realigned. The circulation pathways supplying blood and oxygen to the muscle groups are also realigned.
(3) At this time, a resting period is extremely important because the lack of it will be fatal, as in this case. The resting period of 2 to 4 hours is very important because the muscles, now being readjusted and realigned, need time to adjust or readjust to their “normal” positions and alignments. The muscles need time to unwind and untwist themselves.
(4) Also during this rest period, the pathways of inner energy flow, i.e., the pathways of neurotransmission and blood flow are also in the process of readjusting and realigning themselves.
(5) As we know, back pain, muscle pain, partial paralysis of lower extremities are mostly due to twisted or malaligned muscle groups, blockage of neurotransmission, and lack of oxygen and blood flow to the muscles. This occurs with the new driver’s side bucket seats in many small model cars.
The Chinese remedy to untwist muscles is acupressure, “tui na”, deep tissue massage and physical readjustment and realignment of the muscle groups. In Western medical practice, sometimes mechanically assisted “shaking” of the muscle groups is performed to loosen and readjust muscle alignment.
(6) Twisted muscles and malaligned muscles are like a twisted wet towel. “Tui na” causes the twisted and malaligned muscles to unwind like unraveling a twisted wet towel.
(7) Acupuncture applied to the foot mainly affects the sciatic nervous system and the muscles of the legs, the lower abdomen and lower back. The meridians that control incontinence run through the knee down to the foot. The application of acupuncture on the foot will affect the control of incontinence.
(8) In this particular case, the muscles were in the process of readjustment and realignment. The induced effect of an immediate application of acupuncture on the foot is disrupted and blocked by the unraveling muscle groups and neurotransmission pathways. The result is incontinence.
(9) The unraveling muscle groups also obstruct and change the circulation pathways and oxygen and blood flow to the heart muscles and the heart chambers.
(10) The heart will stop due to oxygen and blood starvation.
(11) In this particular case, the “tui na” and acupuncture session lasted a total of 45 minutes from 8:00 pm to 8:45 p.m. This means, the heart was starved of oxygen and blood for some 30 to 45 minutes.