Monday, October 05, 2009
Cameron presented in clinic about 4 weeks ago having been medically diagnosed as suffering from acute glandular fever.
He was experiencing overwhelming lethargy, aching limbs, diabolically disturbed sleep pattern and severe headaches.
This condition can derail an athletes career for anywhere between 3 to 12 months or more in some instances.
Orthodox medicine usually recommends rest, very good advice, and
appropriate medication, depending upon the severity of symptoms.
What can be an inconvenience for some becomes a career threatening speed bump for others.
Over the past 10 years I have treated a number of people diagnosed with this debilitating condition.
My clinical experience indicates that glandular fever may be a
precursor to chronic fatigue syndrome, an all too familiar scenario for
many elite athletes.
A few who have responded positively to Traditional Japanese
Acupuncture treatment for a compromised immune system include Olympic
gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer, Daniel Kowalski, Current
Brisbane Lions AFL star, Daniel Merrett for sequela of glandular fever
and Australian Rules football legend, Alastair Lynch.
To this end Daniel M. has maintained a regular treatment schedule
for a number of years and up until a recent hamstring injury late in
the 2009 season he had not missed a game since cementing his position
in the team.
Back to Cameron....................
An elite 1500 m swimmer, he must train intensively to fulfill his undoubted potential.
The ability of elite athletes to break through the pain barrier ,
hit the wall and drive straight through it is a vital part of the
regime required to achieve ultimate success in the sporting arena.
The downside is that an athlete is often unaware that, in some
extreme circumstances they are compromising their immune systems, a
scenario that all too frequently occurs as a result of an incredibly
intense physical and mental training regime robbing their systems of
the vital energy required to maintain solid immunity against viral
Glandular fever can leave the athlete exhausted and bewildered,
their performance in the sporting arena is seriously compromised and
until correctly diagnosed, this insidious malady leaves them wondering
as to why their form has dropped off so severely.
This was indeed the case for Cameron when he found it just about
impossible to swim at the Australia national championships in August,
let alone compete successfully.
In severe cases glandular fever can derail an athletes
training and competitive schedule for many months and for us mere
mortals this condition can deleteriously affect our work and lifestyle
for similar or even longer periods.
In Cameron's case diagnosis was pretty well clear cut.
Spleen Yin deficiency Liver excess fever syndrome fitted the bill admirably.
In addition to an excessive amount of heat present in the liver there
was also a significant amount of deficient heat present in the Yang
The pathology for this condition is described beautifully by Masakazu Ikeda sensei in chapter 8 of his outstanding textbook ‘The Practice of Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion’.
Tonify Spleen Yin; Tonify Pe.7 – Sp.3
Disperse Liver; Disperse Liv.2
Cool Yangming Meridians; Shunt St.44 or 43, LI.3 or 11
Back Shu points as appropriate; Bl 13 or 14, 18, 20, 23, plus Bl.40 to assist moving the heat out of the body.
If the headaches are severe, the addition of appropriate GB points may be beneficial.
I have found GB.41 to be quite useful in these circumstances.
Cameron agreed to undergo a course of treatment to support his recovery and we established a base of three treatments per week.
At the end of the 2nd week of treatment we had been able to completely eliminate Cameron's headaches.
Emboldened by this occurrence, I eliminated the dispersion of Liv. 2
from his Saturday morning treatment only to have him come back in again
on the following Tuesday revealing the headaches had returned on the
He did have a late-night following his treatment, I believe this was a factor in his relapse.
Regardless, I immediately resorted to my previous strategy of dispersing the wood point of the Liver, Liv. 2.
Cameron has not had a headache since!
I ceased to disperse Liver 2 only after he had been headache free
for 10 days, unwilling to take the risk of their recurrence affecting
Over the last two weeks he has gradually increased his training regime, ever mindful of how his body is responding.
That translates into taking it very, very easy for the first 3 to 4 training sessions, gradually increasing the load.
The athlete must be hyper aware of their level of fatigue and their recovery from these sessions must be monitored closely.
Cameron was feeling well last Thursday after a couple of stronger
training sessions earlier in the week and we agreed that he should put
'pedal to the metal' during his Friday training session and return for
follow-up treatment on Saturday morning, which it showing no obvious
Cameron's recovery appears to be on track and I will continue to monitor his progress with great interest and respect.
The point of the matter, excuse the pun, is the speed of
Cameron's recovery, a little over one month into his course of
treatment and he is very close to resuming full-time training.
A satisfactory outcome, you might ask?
Considering the severity of Cameron's symptoms when first diagnosed, I think so.
However his ability to maintain a powerful training regime and translate that into competitive results is the bottom line.
In the meantime Cameron will maintain regular weekly or twice-weekly
treatments if necessary to assist his recovery thus enhancing his
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