Medical Acupuncture on Joint/Cartilage Meridian: Untangle Rheumatism, Breast Cancer & Dental Problems

by | May 17, 2022 | Cancer, Case Stories, Dental, Medical Acupuncture, Parasites/Fungi | 0 comments

A 38-year-old Australian woman living in the US came to see me with a history of rheumatoid arthritis. She had flare-ups of arthritic joint pain. When I checked 40 points via acupuncture meridian assessment (AMA), her dental meridian was out of balance and her arthralgia pain responded to antibiotics and antiparasitic meds (doxycycline and Tinidazole). After a while, I noticed that she come to see me about every six months with another flare-up of joint pain, and each time, responded to antibiotics.

This became a mystery until I ask her about her biannual routine activities. It dawned on her that due to gum problems, she had deep cleaning of her gums every six months, which coincided with flare-up of her joint pain and responding to antibiotics. I advised her to take antibiotics before dental deep cleaning and/or oil pulling for her gum problems. I have not seen her since my last preventive dental care advice.

What did I learn from her case? Routine dental care like deep gum cleaning or drilling might be an unsuspected trigger for infections, inflammation and biological chain reactions for mysterious medical conditions such as autoimmune response, cancer and Lyme-like conditions. I wrote about many medical and dental (MAD) related health problems in my latest book, AcciDental Blow Up in Medicine.

Another case is a 47-year-old female with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis, on methotrexate and steroids. Her routine mammogram showed microcalcifications of the right breast, suspicious for breast cancer; she was recommended for biopsy. She also stated that she passed a worm recently that appeared alive and moving in the toilet bowl. The AMA evaluation showed her gallbladder, large intestine, and dental meridians were out of balance. She declined biopsy and did breast thermography. The report indicated that her right breast thermal heat emissions compared to her left breast was much higher, with TH score of 120 which translate to “abnormal thermal emission and high risk for developing cancer on right breast.” The TH scoring system is based on original research conducted by M. Gauthrie et al for Thermal Assessment of Breast Health.

Unknown to most medical communities, in December 2001 a major milestone occurred at a workshop held by a group of defense agencies, on the use of image processing and thermography to detect abnormal vascular changes – angiogenesis – as an early indicator of breast cancer. See my article, Medical Infrared Thermography: Heat Recognition from Tanks to Tumors, exploring the use of this technology. For a recent survey article by Mashekova et al, see, “Early detection of the breast cancer using infrared technology – a comprehensive review,” in Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, (January 2022).

She went through multiple rounds of parasite and antibiotic medications including ivermectin, mebendazole, praziquantel, doxycycline, Tinidazole, clindamycin, and nystatin; and of dental work. Her thermography of the right breast gradually improved from high risk, TH-4 to equivocal TH-3, to within normal limit TH-2. See below for gradual changes in about five years. One of the benefits of treating her whole body was that her rheumatic joint pain was resolved, as she went from high risk to lower risk for developing breast cancer with diligent dental work, deworming, detox, and nutritional support therapy.

The Breast Journal (1998) published a study that showed that mammography’s 85% sensitivity is increased to 95% with infrared (IR) thermal imaging, and increased to 98% with infrared (IR) thermal imaging and physical examination. Y.R. Parisky et al in American Journal of Roentgenology (Jan. 2003) published on a study in which thermal imaging was performed on 769 subjects with 875 mammographic lesions and compared the results to mammography. Thermography was 97% sensitive and showed a 95% negative Predictive Value. The dynamic computerized infrared imaging system significantly increased the accuracy of detecting breast cancer in women who had a suspicious abnormal mammogram requiring biopsy. The conclusion of the study was that infrared imaging offers a safe non-invasive procedure that would be valuable as an adjunct to mammography in determining whether a lesion is benign or malignant.

Medical acupuncture on the articular (joint) cartilaginous meridian was described by Dr. Reinhold Voll in Electro-Acupuncture according to Dr. Voll (EAV) from Germany. The joint/cartilaginous meridian is located on the second toe, tibial side, mirroring the stomach meridian. Acupuncture meridian channels have their own “complex energy matrix network” and EAV/AMA might untangle the hidden underlying connection among rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and dental problems. The disturbance of the dental and joint/cartilaginous meridian, not well described by classical acupuncture texts, may mimic Lyme-like, or Ehlers Danlos-like syndrome, or vice versa, another medical and dental (MAD) mystery to be addressed in near future.

Dr. Simon Yu, MD is a Board Certified Internist. He practices Internal Medicine with an emphasis on Integrative Medicine to use the best each has to offer. For more articles and information about integrative medicine, patient success stories, and Dr. Yu’s latest book, AcciDental Blow Up in Medicine: Battle Plan for Your Life, visit his website at or call Prevention and Healing, Inc., 314-432-7802. You can also attend a free monthly presentation and discussion on Integrative Medicine at his office on the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm. Call to verify the date. Seating is limited, arrive early.