21. May 2016 · Comments Off on Herpes In All Its Manifestations Can be Treated With Herbal Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Herpes pertains to a set of diseases that appear with an eruption of painful red sores or blisters on the eyes, lips, skin or, genitals. The factors that cause this condition are the closely related viruses of varicella-zoster, herpes simplex 1 and 2 usually combined with a weak immune function. Shingles (varicella zoster), genital sores (herpes 2), and cold sores (herpes 1) are the most common symptoms of herpes.

TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses these diseases in a couple of ways: herbs with proven anti-viral qualities as well as herbs that address the constitution of the affected person.

Facial and Oral Herpes

Facial and oral herpes are also referred to as cold sores. Symptoms are often seen on the lips although they can also develop on the affected eye (ophthalmic herpes) and close to the nose. The herpes simplex 1 virus is the cause of facial/oral herpes; the herpes simplex 2; on the other hand, more often than not affects the genitals. However, there are also cases when the herpes simplex 1 virus affects the genitals and the simplex 2 virus brings about symptoms on the face. These facts, however, are not important in this article, which will mainly discuss the TM treatment of herpes.

When a person is infected with the virus for the first time, it usually occurs during childhood when it may be completely asymptomatic. When it enters the body, the virus resides in the nerve cells of the mouth/face in a dormant state and occasionally activates into acute cold sore symptoms. A sensation of burning, soreness, and tingling precedes the cold sores which eventually crusts and weeps over with a yellow scab. During flare ups, there arises a high likelihood of infection especially when another person comes in contact with the fluid.

TCM believes that this entire process is a sign of Damp Heat and Fire Toxin. In TCM, bacterial, viral, fungal or any type of infection is a type of toxin. Herpes patients are well aware of how fiery and very hot their condition can be which is the typical sign of Damp Heat and Fire Toxin; the condition can be aggravated by eating spicy food, fever, stress, or exposure to sunlight. Damp-heat is manifested by fluid-filled, infected, wet blisters.

TCM Treatment of herpes have both short-term and long-term objectives. Lessening or stopping impending flare-ups is the obvious short-term target and this is wholly dependent on the timing of treatment. When herbs are used during the initial onset of the sensitivity and tingling, the physical manifestations of the sore can be easily suppressed.

Eliminating, or at least, lessening the flare ups are the long-term goals of TCM treatment. To achieve this, the practitioner must evaluate the reason for the dormant virus’s flare up. Two underlying reasons may be the probable cause: Deficient Qi and Liver Fire.

Deficient Qi

When a patient has Deficient Qi, his/her immune function and energy stores are low. This gives the herpes free rein to wreak havoc on the body. Deficient Qi may be due to eating a poor diet for many years and/or constitutional weakness. When herpes flare ups occur, the toxins burden the body and cause the Qi to become even more deficient. Usually, the pattern of disharmony leads to signs and symptoms such as a pale tongue with teeth marks and with a yellowish greasy coating, digestive problems, tiredness, and paleness. Treatment of this pattern is aimed at attacking the herpes toxin and tonifying the qi.

Liver Fire

In this type of disharmony scenario, the patient suffers from pre-existing congested Fire and Heat. This means that his/her body is hot most of the time which easily triggers the herpes virus symptoms. Patients affected by this condition are usually strong and robust with a symptomatic red tongue. Liver Fire can be the result of frequent eating of very warming foods, such as barbecued meats or long-term unreleased resentment and frustration. Fire can easily trigger skin eruptions on the upper body as it has a natural tendency to blaze upwards. It’s no wonder that eye herpes is usually the result of Liver Fire. This disharmony can be resolved when the herpes toxin and Liver Fire are simultaneously addressed with herbal medicine. Besides that, herbs that directly address the symptoms of the eyes and lips are included in the treatment.

Lower Body/ Genital Herpes

In lower body/genital herpes, the body parts usually affected are the buttocks, perineum, and the genitals. The virus can be transmitted sexually.

The same type of procedure in diagnosing facial and oral herpes is used to diagnose lower body/genital herpes with one addition: Dampness is a more important co-factor that must be addressed.

The reason for this is that the urinary and reproductive organs are a very warm and moist environment even when the patient is quite healthy. Under the influence of emotional stress, hormonal cycles, or extra heat from herpes toxin, moisture can easily thicken and congeal causing stagnation or obstruction, which in turn, induces further heat. This is the most conducive way of causing more flare ups to occur.

As part of the treatment, the patient is evaluated to see just how much Qi Deficiency versus Liver Heat plays a part. The practitioner needs to take all these factors into consideration. The practitioner then addresses all of them with a mixture of medicinal herbs. As with oral herpes, timely treatment can help prevent an outbreak.

Herpes Zoster

Herpes Zoster is caused by the chicken pox virus, which can lie dormant for decades. It may activate (flare) in an opportune time. Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is closely associated with old age, other illnesses, or a weakening immunity. Individuals past the age of 50 are the most prone to this disease. Shingles blisters often affect the intercostal nerve (found along the ribs). The condition is quite painful. The pain is preceded and followed by hypersensitivity of the affected strip of skin even if the blisters have dissipated a long time ago. In its acute phase, this condition is deemed the result of Liver Fire and is treated as such. Once the condition is resolved, the next phase of the treatment is the tonification of Qi.

Outlook

TCM can effectively treat herpes in all its manifestations. As often is the case with herbal treatment, the longer the problem was allowed to linger, and the more intense its severity, the longer the treatment will take. More often than not, however, with a few treatments a reduction in the frequency of attacks can be quickly observed.

TCM cannot cure herpes infection. It cannot remove eliminate all traces of varicella or herpes from the body, but it can make it highly unlikely for these condition to flare up.

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21. May 2016 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine is a Safe and Effective Way of Curing Uterine Fibroids · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine for the treatment of fibroids does not just mean a prescription of certain Chinese medicinal herbs that when taken or used, will lead to a complete resolution of the fibroids. Chinese medicine is a treatment that is anchored on the notion that the entire body of a person needs to be balanced; if the body experiences any imbalance, it will lead to disease and/or pain which may manifest in various ways, depending on what organ(s) is (are) affected.

This is a belief that is widely held by most Western holistic practitioners who wholeheartedly believe that perceiving and treating the body as a whole is the only way to the address and cure the symptoms and underlying cause of uterine fibroids.

Fibroid treatment using Chinese medicine targets the entire body. It uses a multifaceted approach and its objective is to restore balance the physical elements and the mind. The treatment is also aimed at helping the person relax, improving her emotional well-being, boosting her immune system, detoxifying her body and recommending to her a healthy and highly-nutritious diet. Herbal supplementation is recommended to help relieve certain fibroid symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is one of the important aspects of Chinese medicine for fibroid treatment. Try not to overeat. Consume the recommended daily calorie intake for your height and consume only small portions organic lean meats. Avoid meat products, such as sausages. Instead, eat a lot of fresh vegetables (especially dark green vegetables) and fruits. Stay away from white rice, white bread sugars and other processed carbohydrates. Avoid also dairy, saturated fats, and alcohol. Drink a minimum of two liters of clean water each day.

Dates, tofu, cherries, and walnuts are also great foods to eat. Chinese medicine practitioners will recommend thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, and saffron.

Several women suffering from fibroids have found Chinese medicine to be beneficial. If you are suffering from fibroids, it may be a good idea to try a treatment that can cure your condition in a safe and effective way.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

02. May 2016 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat the Symptoms and Underlying Causes of Hyperthyroidism · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that affects the endocrine system that is distinguished by a thyroid gland that produces excess amounts of hormones. Situated in the neck, the thyroid gland has an enormous impact on the well-being and health of a person. This gland secretes the thyroid hormone, which is the hormone that serves to regulate human maturation, growth and the metabolic rate of the body. The manner in which the thyroid gland functions is determined by a number of factors including the proper conversion of T4 (thyroxine) to T3 (triiodothyronine), the amount of iodine supplied in the body, and the proper functioning of the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. An imbalance in one or more of these factors, will cause the affected person to start experiencing either hypothyroidism (the result of a thyroid hormone that produces inadequate amounts of the thyroid hormone) or hyperthyroidism.

A quite common health problem, hyperthyroidism usually develops in young adults with ages ranging 20 – 40; women are 4 times more likely to develop this condition than men.

Western Medicine Perspective on Hyperthyroidism

Etiology

Hyperthyroidism can be caused by several factors. Diffuse toxic goiter or Grave’s disease is the most common underlying reason for it because in Grave’s disease, the entire gland becomes inflamed and swollen. Grave’s disease is an autoimmune condition. Instead of attacking foreign infiltrators, the immune system of the person turns against his/her body. The antibodies produced by the immune system attach to parts of the thyroid gland that causes the gland to manufacture excess amounts of hormones leading to hyperthyroidism.

Thyroiditis, which is the inflammation of the thyroid gland, is another albeit less common cause of hyperthyroidism.

Diagnosis

To evaluate the plasma of T3, T4, TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) laboratory blood tests need to be conducted to rule out or confirm hyperthyroidism. The amount of TSH should be generally low while the level of T3 and T4 needs to be high for a positive diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. One other test to distinguish the different reasons for hyperthyroidism includes an iodine thyroid scan.

Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

One of the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include the slow development of vague signs and symptoms of sympathetic system excess, such as perspiration, low grade fever (with temperature less than 100 degree Fahrenheit), elevated blood pressure, palpitations, and/or tachycardia. Other symptoms include frequent bowel movements, increased appetite but with loss of weight, sleeping difficulties, aversion to heat, fine tremors of the fingers, irritability, possible arrhythmia, nervousness, and fatigue. There may be patients who may also experience symptoms of impotence, weak menstruation, or amenorrhea from this condition.

The eyes can also be affected by hyperthyroidism. Some patients are known to suffer from eye hypersensitivity to light (photophobia), eye irritation, increased tearing, bulging eyes, and/or bilateral or unilateral swollen eyes.

Treatment

Medications and surgery are the two most common forms of Western medical treatment for hyperthyroidism. Drug therapy is meant to slow down the manufacture and secretion of the thyroid hormone. Tapazole (methimazole), PTU (propylthiouracil) and other thionamide-type medications are usually prescribed to hold back the synthesis of thyroid hormone. But since they have no ability to impact the secretion or storage of thyroid hormone, there is a significant delay in the commencement of their action. In addition, the use of Tapazole and PTU is related to the rise of several side effects in the body. These include loss of taste, swelling of the lymph node, hepatitis, edema, arthralgia, rash, and agranulocytosis. These adverse reactions as well as the intolerance of the patient to the drugs are major reasons why the drugs are not usually prescribed.

Since the medications used to treat hyperthyroidism produce inadequate results and harmful effects, physicians and patients seek out even more invasive procedures like surgery or radioactive iodine therapy to treat their condition. These modalities use radical procedures that are designed to remove or physically destroy the thyroid gland, to stop it from producing excess amounts of thyroid hormone. These procedures do come with risks even though they may be initially extremely helpful. Radioactive iodine therapy destroys a massive amount of thyroid tissue. If not performed appropriately, surgery may result in damage or hemorrhage to the local tissues and the laryngeal nerve. Moreover, the administration of radioactive iodine treatment often leads to long-term complications like hypothyroidism or hypoparathyroidism. And even if surgical or radioactive iodine treatment are done accurately, the patient who exhibits normal thyroid levels will need to maintain that by taking thyroid supplements for the rest of his/her life.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Etiology

Hyperthyroidism, according to TCM, is a condition caused by a combination of phlegm stagnation, Liver fire rebellion, qi and yin deficiencies. The last cause (qi and yin deficiencies) is the underlying cause, while the signs and symptoms are the phlegm stagnation and uprising of Liver fire. When comparing TCM etiology to Western medicine’s, we see that the stagnation of phlegm can explain the enlargement of the thyroid gland, yin and qi deficiencies can equate to the fatigue and weakness of the body caused by the prolonged over stimulation of the thyroid gland, and the constant excitation caused by too much thyroid hormone in the body can correlate to the uprising of Liver fire. Hyperthyroidism’s symptoms are excess while its underlying cause is deficiency. Therefore, treatment may entail simultaneously addressing both the symptoms and the cause.

Differential Diagnosis

To come up with an appropriate type of treatment, differentiating between deficiency and excess in patients with hyperthyroid is crucial. The Kidney, Heart, and Liver are the three organs usually affected by hyperthyroidism. Apart from removing heat, the TCM practitioner also needs to nourish the yin of the patient as the yin can be damaged by bitter herbs if they are used for an extended period of time. They may treat the symptoms but may not resolve the underlying cause of the condition. In TCM, hyperthyroidism has symptoms that are quite the same as that of the wasting and thirsting syndrome (Hsiao ke). Therefore, diagnosing the condition correctly is important in order to prescribe the appropriate herbal formula(s). The patterns of disharmony that underlie the cause of hyperthyroidism include:

– Underlying Deficiencies in Yin and Qi and Liver Fire with Phlegm
-Heart, Kidney, and Liver Yin Deficiencies
-Phlegm and Qi Stagnation
-Deficiencies in Yin and Qi
-Liver Fire

Underlying Deficiencies in Yin and Qi and Liver Fire with Phlegm

Signs and Symptoms

Elevated blood pressure, increased appetite and hunger, perspiration, aversion to heat, ill temper, irritability, fidgeting, loss of weight, fatigue, tachycardia or palpitations, bilateral or unilateral bulging or swollen eyes, swollen thyroid glands, tremors of the fingers and tongue, and low grade fever.

Herbal Formula

Empirical Remedies for Hyperthyroidism

-Root of Astralagus (Wang Qi)
-Licorice (Gan Cao)
-Siler root (Fang Feng)
-Polygala root (Yuan Zhi)
-Thunberg Fritillary Bulb (Zhe Bei Mu)
-Oyster shell (Mu Li)
-Cyathula root (Chuan Niu Hsi)
-Carapax Trionycis (Bie Jia)
-Prunella spike (Hsia Ku Cao)
-Gardenia fruit (Shi Hsi)
-Anemarrhena rhizome (Shi Mu)
-Scrophularia Root (Hsuan Shen)

Heart, Kidney, and Liver Yin Deficiencies

Signs and Symptoms

Rapid and thread pulse, red tongue with little or no coating, dry throat and mouth, emaciation, tremors, light sleep or insomnia, and irritability.

Herbal Formula

Shi Bai di Wang Wan ( Rehmannia, phellodendron, and anemarrhena pills) and Tian Wang Bu Hsin Dan (Emperor of Heaven’s Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

-Prepared Rehmannia Root (Shi Bai di Wang Wan), 28g
-Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bai), 7g
-Radix Anemarrhenae (Zhi Mu), 7g
-Cornus fruit (Shan Zhu Yu), 14g
-Poria (Fu Ling), 10g
-Alisma Rhizome (Hse Hsie), 10g
-Tree peony bark (Mu Dan Pi), 10g
-Chinese yam (Shan Yao), 14g

Tian Wang Bu Hsin Dan (Emperor of Heaven’s Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

-Ophiopogon Tuber (Mai Men Dong), 8g
-Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui), 8g
-Spiny Zizyphus Seeds (Suan Hsiao Ren), 8g
-Red Sage Root (Dan Shen), 4g
-Asparagus Tuber (Tian Men Dong), 8g
-Platycodon root (Jie Geng), 4g
-Platycladus Seed (Bai Hsi Ren), 8g
-Ningpo Figwort Root (Hsuan Shen), 4g
-Chinese Magnolia-vine Fruit (Wu Wei Hsi), 8g
-Polygala root (Yuan Zhi), 4g
-Poria (Fu Ling), 4g
-Ginseng root (Ren Shen), 4g
-Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Wang), 31g

Phlegm and Qi Stagnation

Signs and Symptoms

Slippery-wiry or wiry pulse, red tongue with greasy thin coating, enlargement of the thyroid gland, plum-seed syndrome, oppressive sensation in the chest, and Irritability
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Herbal Remedies

Magnolia Bark and Pinellia Decoction (Ban Hsia Hou Po Tang) and Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver (Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang) – to soothe the liver, normalize the flow of qi, and clear phlegm.

Magnolia Bark and Pinellia Decoction (Ban Hsia Hou Po Tang)

-Purple Perilla Leaf (Hsi Su Ye), 10g
-Bark of Magnolia (Hou Po), 16g
-Poria (Fu Ling), 21g
-Fresh Ginger Rhizome (Sheng Jiang), 26g
-Pinellia Rhizome (Ban Xia), 28g

Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver (Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang)

Baked Licorice Root (Shi Gan Cao), 5g
White Peony Root (Shi Tsiao), 14g
Purple Nutsedge Root (Hsiang Fu), 14g
Chinese Lovage Root (Chuan Hsiong), 14g
Orange Peel (Chen Pi), 19g
Asian Buplever Root (Chai Hu), 19g

Yin and Qi Deficiencies

Signs and Symptoms

Thready, deep and rapid pulse, thin coat, red tongue, hand tremor, lessened fluid intake, dry mouth, disturbed sleep, excessive sweating, palpitation, dry eyes, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Herbal Remedies

Linking Decoction (Yi Guan Jian) – to clam the Heart, soften the Liver, and tonify yin and qi.

Toosendan Fruit (Chuan Lian Hsi), 8g
Lycium Fruit (Gou Qi Hsi), 15g
Body of Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui Shen), 15g
Ophiopogon Tuber (Mai Men Dong), 15g
Four Leaf Lady-Bell Root (Sha Shen), 15g
Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Huan), 30g

Liver Fire

Signs and Symptoms
Rapid and wiry pulse, red tongue with thin yellow coating, palpitations, increased appetite, irritability, and fidgeting.

Herbal Remedies

Gardenia Decoction to Clear Liver (Shi Hsi Tsing Gan Tang) – to purge fire and clear the Liver

-Licorice Root (Gan Cao)
-Great Burdock Fruit (Niu Bang Hsi)
-Chinese Lovage Root (Chuan Hsiong)
-Poria (Fu Ling)
-White peony root (Bai Shao)
-Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui)
-Asian Buplever Root (Chai Hu)
-Moutan Root Bark (Mu Dan Pi)
-Gardenia fruit (Shi Hsi)

Significant improvements within a month of herbal therapy can be seen in hyperthyroid patients (other than thyrotoxicosis). Usually, it takes three to six months of treatment to see a complete resolution of the symptoms. Herbal therapy, though, may not work for ocular protrusion. Modifications to traditional formulas may be prescribed depending on the symptoms manifested by the patient

Conclusion

Herbal formulas used by TCM practitioners offer reliable and consistent benefits in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. The effects of herbal therapy, once the condition of the patient is stabilized and despite the slower effects of the herbs, compare to conventional treatments. The empirical formula for hyperthyroidism can be prescribed to deflate the thyroid swelling and lessen the symptoms of sympathetic excess. This means that herbal remedies can be considered ideal treatment alternatives for patients who do not want to be treated with Western medicine or who are not able to tolerate it.

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02. May 2016 · Comments Off on Several Forms of Treatment for Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Amenorrhea is a disorder that involves the menstrual cycle of a woman distinguished by the absence of any menstruation. This condition strikes about two percent to five percent of women in the United States. It can indicate health problems for women who are not going through menopause or for women who are not pregnant.

Types of Amenorrhea

There are two types of amenorrhea:

Primary Amenorrhea – This is a condition in which by the age of 16, a girl still hasn’t experienced any menses.

Secondary Amenorrhea – Women suffering from this type of condition has had at least one normal menstrual cycle. Thereafter, their menstruation has stopped for one reason or another. You may be considered to have secondary amenorrhea if your menses has ceased for a minimum of three months.

Factors that Can Cause Amenorrhea

-Poor nutrition
-Heart disease, nephritis, and tuberculosis
-Anemia, and problems with your ovaries, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland
-Stress
-Bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders
-Rapid gain or loss of weight
-Strenuous exercise

Symptoms of Amenorrhea

The absence of menstruation is the most obvious sign of amenorrhea. Sometimes, though, this condition can be accompanied by other less-prominent symptoms such as:

-Change in sexual drive
-The development of facial hair
-Deeper voice
-Reduction in breast size
-Secretions from the breasts

Consult with your healthcare provider if you notice a rise in any of these symptoms.

Complications Associated with Amenorrhea

Listed below are some of the reproductive health complications that may arise from amenorrhea.

-PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome: this is a disease in which several cysts form over the ovaries
-Hirsutism: this condition arises when the pituitary gland secretes excess hormone
-Uterine fibroids: this condition causes the development of wart-like growths on the outside or inside the uterine wall

Treatments for Amenorrhea

The type of treatment to be used for amenorrhea depends on the factors that cause the condition.

Western Modes of Treatment (Allopathic Therapy)

-Stress reduction techniques: these help to normalize your menstrual cycle
-Counseling for the treatment of eating disorders
-Dietary therapy: this includes consuming more calories and fat changes to help improve estrogen production.
-Hormonal supplements such as HRT (hormone replacement therapy or birth control patches or pills. These supplements can lead to normal menstruation by regulating the hormones.
Surgery to extract the fibroids or cysts causing amenorrhea

Chinese Medicine for Amenorrhea

The Etiology and Pathology of Amenorrhea from the Viewpoint of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

In TCM, amenorrhea is believed to be a complex pattern that can manifest in a woman, which can be categorized as either conditions of deficiency or excess. When a pattern of deficiency is seen, this means that the “blood” and essence of the patient are insufficient. No blood can be discharged when the ‘Sea of Blood’ is empty. In an “Excess” pattern, blockages have developed in the meridians or energy pathways of the body.

Deficiency Patterns

-Dryness of blood
-Yin depletion
-Deficiency of Blood and/or Qi
-Deficiency of Kidney or Liver Qi

Excess Patterns:

-Dampness
-Blockage caused by phlegm
-Qi stagnation

Amenorrhea can be resolved using several Chinese herbal formulas. If a pattern of deficiency is causing your condition, the herbal remedy to be used is meant to free and supplement the menstruation; if a pattern of excess is the culprit, the herbs used should free the menstruation by clearing the cause of the excess. If other type of illnesses is causing the amenorrhea, we first need to address the main cause of the illness before addressing the amenorrhea itself.

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02. May 2016 · Comments Off on Herbs and Acupuncture May Be Effective Remedies for Bell’s Palsy Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Medical researchers believe that Bell’s palsy is caused when the seventh cranial nerve (the facial nerve) becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes paralysis on one side of the face resulting in the crookedness of the face. This distortion makes it difficult to close the eyes, smile, and eat on the affected side of the face. Usually, it takes three days to approximately a week to experience beginning of symptoms to utmost weakness. It’s important to thoroughly evaluate the history of the onset and development of the paralysis since a mass lesion may be the suspected cause if the progress of the condition takes more than a couple of weeks.

People of all ages and race can suffer from Bell’s palsy although this disease usually strikes people in the ages of 40 and above. In the United States, an estimated 40,000 people each year are diagnosed with this problem. People suffering from diabetes as well as pregnant women are usually prone to this condition. Possible complications of muscle contractures along with permanent facial weakness can occur. Western modes of treatment for Bell’s palsy include drugs and/or surgery. Several research works have indicated that acupuncture can be a viable treatment for Bell’s palsy for the restoration of the normal function of the face and to relieve the symptoms. The results are usually good when acupuncture is used for the treatment of Bell’s palsy. This condition usually resolves by itself within weeks or a few months with or without treatment.

Bell’s palsy Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Bell’s palsy include complete paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Listed below are other signs and symptoms observed in patients with this condition:

-Disappearance of the naso-labial fold and facial creases
-Heightened sensitivity to sound on the side where the paralysis occurs
-Inability to control saliva from drooping on the corner of the affected part of the mouth
-Pain behind the ear or around the jaw on the affected side
-Inability to shut the eyelids and sagging of the lower eyelids; Bell’s phenomenon (upward rolling movement of the eye) occurs when patient tries to close the eye
-Impaired speech
-Eye irritation due to poor lubrication
-Lessened production of tears although the eye may seem to excessively tear because of eyelid control loss

Complications Associated with Bell’s palsy

-Salivation, tearing, and abnormal facial movement at inopportune moments causing embarrassment to the patient
-Infection and damage of the eye
-Permanent disfigurement of the face

Diagnosing Bell’s palsy

There is no exact etiology for Bell’s palsy although there can be several features related to it. Usually a process of elimination is done to diagnose the disease. It is important to carefully rule out the possibilities of other conditions possessing similar signs and symptoms.

Bell’s palsy Treatment

Since chances are good that incomplete Bell’s palsy resolves by itself without treatment, treatment may sometimes be unnecessary. For those suffering from complete paralysis, treating the symptoms with steroids as soon as they appear is the most effective way of addressing the problem. Antiviral medication like acyclovir can also be used, although its effectiveness may not be that impressive. Surgery to lessen the pressure on the facial nerve can also be done; the benefits, however, are not certain. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture can be used combined or along with other Bell’s palsy modes of treatment.

Treating Bell’s palsy with Acupuncture in Pembroke Pines

Chinese medicine practitioners believe that Bell’s palsy is the result of “Wind Attack” or Zhong Feng. This condition is believed to be related to an invasion of “wind” resulting in blood stagnation and an imbalance in the vital energy or “Qi” of the person. To clear wind and improve circulation of blood and movement of Qi, acupuncture can be used. Several studies conducted in China have indicated that acupuncture produces a therapeutic effect that leads to the treatment of Bell’s palsy symptoms. The results of these studies show that in the treatment of facial paralysis, acupuncture had a minimum cure rate of 37% and a highest cure rate of 100%, with an average of 81%.

Bell’s palsy symptoms can be successfully relieved with acupuncture more so when the treatment is started within the first two weeks of diagnosis. This type of modality uses needles to stimulate natural pressure points on the body and to alleviate pain by treating the inflammation and swelling. For Bell’s some of the important acupoints that may require needling are located on the hands, forehead, large intestine, spleen, gall bladder, liver, and stomach. What part of the affected side of the face needs to be needled differ from person to person. There are no side effects associated with the treatment.

After a Typical Acupuncture Bell’s palsy Treatment Procedure

A treatment known as cupping may be performed after the needles have been removed. This type of treatment is meant to boost the circulation of blood and Qi throughout the body and to eliminate invading wind. Cupping may be done five times a week depending on the severity of the symptoms. The patient may need to perform stress reduction techniques and follow dietary recommendations after being treated with acupuncture. He/he should avoid alcohol and sugar and drink lots of water every day.

if the patient undergoes acupuncture treatment within the initial two weeks after the symptoms appear, he/she may experience a reduced sensation of numbness, better muscle function on the affected side of the face, and restored circulation as early as after five to seven visits. There are studies that indicate Bell’s palsy patients do respond better to acupuncture when herbal remedies are included in the treatment. Herbs used for Bell’s palsy treatment are known to perform three basic functions; to restore balance to the internal systems, strengthen the body and kill the harmful virus. When they are prepared or prescribed by a qualified acupuncturist, these herbs often have no or very few side effects.

Recent studies to observe the effect of acupuncture on symptoms of Ball’s palsy have been done. Though the studies suggest that acupuncture does produce a lot of beneficial effects, more studies are recommended to prove once and for all the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of this condition.

Prevention

Bell’s palsy is a disease that cannot be prevented from occurring, but once it has developed, the eyes need to be protected to prevent injuries and infections.