Poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis)

Infantile paralysis is an acute infectious disease of the central nervous system which prevails in summer and autumn and is caused by invasion of virus into the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord via the digestive tract. Symptoms of onset include fever, generalized malaise, and various signs arising from the respiratory and digestive tracts which subside after 1 - 4 days. Fever recurs after 3 - 6 days, accompanied by headache drowsiness and vomiting, this stage is known as the pre-paralytic stage. The main features at this stage are muscular pain, hypersthenia and, in children, objection to be carried or moved. The fever subsides after a week and flaccid paralysis of the muscles and limbs sets in. This is designated the paralytic stage. In most cases, the lower limbs are affected, sometimes on one side only, sometimes on both. Reflexes are lost on the affected side; however, there is no sensory disturbance. Recovery begins after one to two weeks. Some patients tend towards cure within a year, while others will be left with sequelae such as muscular atrophy and eventual deformity.


  1. UB 37 Yinmen,
    ST 32 Futu,
    ST 36 Zusanli,
    GB 30 Huantiao

  2. GB 30 Huantiao,
    UB 25 Dachangshu,
    Waiyinlian (Extra) About 2 cun inferior to Chongmen SP 12, lateral to the femoral artery.
    ST 36 Zusanli


  1. 10 - 20 cc. of 10% glucose in injected into points of group (a)

  2. 4 cc of vitamin B1 (Thiamine hydrochloride) is injected into points of group (b).

Treat once a day or every other day.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company






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