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Can Hospital Osteomyelitis be treated without the Use of Antibiotics

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection which can reach the bone by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Once considered an incurable condition, osteomyelitis can sometimes be successfully treated by surgery to remove parts of the bone that have died and antibiotic treatment. The purpose of this study is to show that osteomyelitis can be treated without the use of antibiotics. It is another goal to show that to reach improvement, it is important to look at the patient as a whole, not only at the disease. The methodology is presented in two case reports: the first one showing an infection resulting from knee fracture surgery done after a motorcycle accident that had been treated with the use of a large spectrum of antibiotics without any improvement. The second case was another hospital osteomyelitis after a post-prosthesis infection in the knee which had been treated profusely with antibiotics with no improvement. Findings: Both cases were treated successfully taking out all the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs, together with the use of Chinese dietary counselling, auricular acupuncture associated with apex ear bloodletting, in order to balance Yin, Yang, Qi, Blood energies and remove Heat retention following the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In these two cases, the osteomyelitis symptoms were being maintained exactly by the aggressive intake of antibiotics, and its side effects, according to TCM reasoning. Conclusion: According to these two case reports, hospital osteomyelitis can be treated without the use of antibiotics.

Author(s): Huang Wei Ling

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