Acupunct Med doi:10.1136/acupmed-2013-010386
  • Case report

Acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for hypersexuality in a patient who was uraemic: a case report

  1. Yinping Wang1
  1. 1Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  2. 2Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Yinping Wang, Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; karham1987{at}
  • Received 6 May 2013
  • Accepted 1 July 2013
  • Published Online First 21 August 2013


This report concerns a case that shows the apparent successful use of acupuncture and moxibustion in treating hypersexuality. The patient was a 60-year-old Chinese woman with a history of uraemia for 4 years and hypersexuality for 7 months, the latter being a rare condition. The presenting symptoms were persistent sexual desires and fantasies, in addition to being irritated when her continuous sexual urges could not be satisfied. In order to control her sexual desire the patient had tried almost all viable therapeutic methods, including use of sedatives, but the symptoms could not be mitigated any further even after consulting eight different hospital departments. However, after 10 days of acupuncture and moxibustion, all her symptoms related to the problem were resolved. A year later, she presented with a slight relapse with similar symptoms and was again treated with acupuncture and moxibustion, with subsequent resolution of symptoms. Over the following 2 years, such symptoms have not recurred. Based on the findings from this case, we conclude that use of acupuncture and moxibustion may be an effective treatment for hypersexuality in clinical practice.

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