Huang Wei Ling*
General Practitioner, Nutrition Doctor, Acupuncturist, Pain Management, Medical Acupuncture and Pain Management Clinic, Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Huang Wei Ling, General Practitioner, Nutrition Doctor, Acupuncturist, Pain Management, Medical Acupuncture and Pain Management Clinic, Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Received: July 13, 2018; Published: August 02, 2018
Citation: Huang Wei Ling. “Can Recurrent Furunculosis be Treated without the Use of Antibiotics?”. Acta Scientific Microbiology 1.9 (2018).
Introduction: Furunculosis can be defined as the formation of abscesses, which accumulate pus and necrotic tissues, due to a hair follicle infection. Furunculosis is usually associated with the agent Staphylococcus aureus, although it may also be caused by other bacteria. The furuncles are usually swollen, red and tender nodules, which appear on hair-bearing parts of the body. Most of the treatments presented for recurrent furunculosis nowadays may be disappointing and many times not successful. In solitary lesions, incision and drainage may be sufficient, but many times, an antibiotic therapy is needed. Unfortunately, S. aureus can develop resistance to antibiotics. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes furunculosis is mostly caused by the invasion of Dampness and Heat. The treatment in TCM is intended to dissipate Heat and detoxify the body.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that recurrent furunculosis can be treated without the use of antibiotics.
Methods: Through the report of two clinical cases, both men, suffering from recurrent furunculosis, presented little improvement with the use of antibiotic therapy. Through earlier medical theories, such as TCM, methods for the energy balance of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood were used, allied with Apex Ear Bloodletting for the withdrawal of Internal Heat, as well as dietary counseling.
Results: Both cases obtained a significant improvement with dietary counseling according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Auricular acupuncture sessions associated with Apex Ear Bloodletting to eliminate the Internal Heat.
Conclusion: By reporting these two clinical cases, we can conclude that recurrent furunculosis can be treated without the use of antibiotics. Toward this goal, we must resort to earlier medical theories like TCM to treat the root of the problem, not only the symptom.
Keywords: Furunculosis; Antibiotics; Diet; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture; Apex Ear Bloodletting; Galen; Hippocrates
Copyright: © 2018 Huang Wei Ling. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.