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.
- Sexual Medicine
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