Acupuncture Treatment for Ross River Fever


Ross River Fever is a vir­us dis­ease that is con­trac­ted by a mos­quito bite.  Contrary to pop­u­lar belief, this vir­us is not con­fined to the north­ern parts of Queensland but has been dia­gnosed in people in oth­er parts of Australia, e.g. New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.  It is more pre­val­ent in rur­al and region­al areas where mos­qui­toes are more likely to breed in swamps, lagoons and slow-mov­ing water.

Ross River Fever is a de-ener­gising dis­ease – sap­ping people’s energy very quickly, even drain­ing energy from people who have been pre­vi­ously very act­ive and engaged in sport­ing activ­it­ies.  One of the long-term effects of this dis­ease is depres­sion as people try to cope with their inab­il­ity to be act­ive when they have pre­vi­ously led very act­ive lives.

People who suf­fer from this dis­ease report night sweats, fever, muscle aches and pains, severe head­aches, inab­il­ity to sleep and con­stant fatigue and dizzi­ness.  Many patients who have been dia­gnosed with Ross River fever also report ”brain fog” – an inab­il­ity to focus and con­stant “cloudy think­ing”.  Some suf­fer­ers have even repor­ted acci­dents res­ult­ing from this con­di­tion of the brain.

A con­trib­ut­ing factor to “brain fog” is the con­stant pain people exper­i­ence with the dis­ease.  For some people, even get­ting out of bed is a pain­ful exper­i­ence.  Inertia and a tend­ency to chron­ic fatigue can con­trib­ute to an over­whelm­ing sense of frus­tra­tion and depres­sion as all efforts to rem­edy the dis­ease appear to be inef­fect­ive.

One of the prob­lems with the Western Medicine approach to the dis­ease is that doc­tors tend to treat the symp­toms sep­ar­ately rather than address the under­ly­ing causes of the dis­ease which they do not under­stand.  Despite doc­tors’ assur­ances to the con­trary, many people report the recur­rence of Ross River Fever and their sus­pi­cions have been con­firmed by med­ic­al tests.

One of the advant­ages of using acu­punc­ture for the treat­ment of Ross River fever is that an acu­punc­tur­ist adopts a hol­ist­ic approach to the dis­ease and well­ness over­all.  The acu­punc­ture approach looks for causes of excess­ive heat in the body (fever symp­toms) and works on energy meridi­ans to restore the body’s energy bal­ance which is drastic­ally dis­turbed by the vir­us.

Associated with this hol­ist­ic approach of acu­punc­ture is an emphas­is on build­ing the immune sys­tem of the body to fight the dis­ease through the body’s own heal­ing powers.  Initial out­comes from acu­punc­ture treat­ments can be the reduc­tion in pain and improved abil­ity to sleep which, in turn, enables the body to restore its equi­lib­ri­um.

If Ross River Fever is left untreated, the con­di­tion can worsen severely and leave a per­son totally inca­pa­cit­ated with people report­ing the inab­il­ity to use spe­cif­ic parts of their body (e.g. arms or legs) and men­tal deteri­or­a­tion through exhaus­tion and relent­less frus­tra­tion.

Acupuncture which works with the nat­ur­al energy flow of the body and its inher­ent heal­ing powers can redress the symp­toms of Ross River Fever over time.  Depending on how far the dis­ease has pro­gressed, recov­ery can be slow or fast.  Early inter­ven­tion is encour­aged to fore­stall the com­pound­ing effect of the symp­toms of Ross River Fever.

The slow, sure approach of acu­punc­ture can build con­fid­ence and hope in the patient who is exper­i­en­cing this debil­it­at­ing dis­ease. The nat­ur­al heal­ing approach of acu­punc­ture is a logic­al solu­tion to off­set the break­down of the nor­mal func­tion­ing of the body and the dis­equi­lib­ri­um caused by the dis­ease.  As symp­toms abate and con­fid­ence grows, patients tend to accel­er­ate their own heal­ing through seek­ing adequate rest, redu­cing stress in their lives, becom­ing more act­ive and adopt­ing a pos­it­ive men­tal atti­tude.  Acupuncture, then, enables a per­son suf­fer­ing from Ross River Fever to enter the path to recov­ery from this debil­it­at­ing vir­us dis­ease.