Alternative Bunion Treatment – Acupuncture

Ready to try an alternative bunion treatment?

I'm willing to try everything to get rid of my bunions. Well, almost everything. (The only thing I'm not prepared to do is to have my bunions surgically removed.) That's why I started looking for an alternative bunion treatment. Like acupuncture for instance.

Why acupuncture? Well, by accident I found out that bunions are located on the spleen meridian. In fact, there's an acupuncture point on each side of a bunion: one at the side of your big toe, and one at the other side of the bunion (the side of your ankle). These points are called SP2 (Da Du) and SP3 (Tai Bai). So a bunion could very well indicate that there's a problem with your spleen.

Apparently one of the functions of the spleen is to filter your blood and eliminate excess energy and waste. If your spleen doesn't work properly, because it is tired or over taxed, the excess energy is blocked at the spleen and backed up along its meridian. This causes swelling and the development of a bony mass.

The reason of your spleen being tired or over taxed can be a high sugar consumption or a sugar related illness. As for myself, that's definitely the case. I don't eat much sugar anymore these days, because I'm very sensitive to it (I used to suffer from hypoglycemia, which condition improved dramatically once I reduced wheat from my diet, which reduced my sugar cravings at the same time). But it seems like there's indeed a relation between sugar and bunions. (Did you know that in Japanese acupuncture, bunions are referred to as 'sugar toes'?)

Home bunion treatment

The acupuncture points on both sides of a bunion can be treated by an acupuncturist, but you can also treat them yourself, at home.

The easiest way to treat your bunions at home, is by applying zheng gu shui to them once or twice a day. This is a Chinese liquid, and translates as 'royal bone water'. Apparently zheng gu shui can break up calcium deposits and arthritic bone deformities. I apply it with a cotton ball, let it dry for a minute or two, and then re-apply it a second time. You shouldn't cover your bunions after applying zheng gu shui (to avoid burns – zheng gu shui is a very 'hot' liquid).

The second way of treating the acupuncture points related to your bunions is with the help of moxa. Moxa (a cone or cylinder made of mugwort) is ignited and placed in a stick (like the Tiger Warmer). This stick is then placed for about one minute on each acupuncture point. This treatment warms the acupuncture points, stimulates the blood flow through them, and breaks up channel obstructions.

You'll find more detailed instructions about both treatments in an article called The Relationship between Bunions, Sugar and the Spleen. This is also the article where I found most of the information presented on this web page. If you still don't feel comfortable about this home bunion treatment (especially about the moxa treatment), I suggest you check with an acupuncturist first.

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