Acupuncture Points for Reducing Fever without Drugs
Acupoint stimulation offers a safe, effective treatment option for treating a fever at home naturally without medication.
A child has a fever if their temperate is 100.4°F (38°C) or above. Fever of 102°F (38.9°C) and under can generally be managed without medication.
If possible, I recommend avoiding drugs like, Tylenol or Advil, unless a child is in severe discomfort, pain or is delirious.
Research studies show there is an association between early life intake of Tylenol and increased rates of asthma. Tylenol impacts the liver and depletes glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. Not good when you’re fighting infection.
Always consult your child’s pediatrician if you’re not sure whether or not to give medication.
In my experience, there are a few acupoints, that when stimulated with acupuncture or phototherapy patches, can lower a fever between .5°F to 1°F.
The good news is that phototherapy stimulation of acupoints gets the same response as needles, but parents can use the phototherapy patches at home!
While this slight temperature drop may not sound like much, even half a degree drop can make your child significantly more comfortable.
Fevers are actually beneficial!
Unlike drugs that stop fever altogether, lowering a fever slightly allows the mechanism of a fever to do its job of activating our immune cells.
Fever improves our immune response and creates an unfavorable environment for germs to replicate and that's a GOOD thing!
Large Intestine 11 (LI-11)
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) this point is used to “clear pathogenic heat” or fever. Other indications for this point include abdominal pain, vomiting, dysentery, fever, painful red eyes sore, swollen throat, dry skin, headache, toothache, and fullness in the chest.
I applied Ice Wave Patches, which are considered “cooling” in TCM to his LI- 11 acupoints (see photo below). I applied the white patch to his right side and the than patch to his left side.
Governing Vessel 14 (GV-14)
In TCM, this point is also used to “clear pathogenic heat” or fever and it’s also used for fever and chills. Other indications for this point include common cold, cough, difficulty breathing, rib pain, stiff neck, sore throat, and nosebleed.
I applied a cooling Aeon patch to GV-14.
I checked his temperature 45 minutes later and it had dropped 1°F! He felt much more comfortable, fell asleep, and slept through the night without waking.
Phototherapy for Home Care
If you’d like to learn how to use phototherapy at home, join my free AcuPatching Community and take our free phototherapy minicourse. You’ll also learn more patching protocols for supporting the health and well-being of your family.