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According to the World Health Organization, Neurological Disorders affect up to one billion people world wide. These disorders range from stroke and Alzheimer’s, to head injury’s, headaches, and epilepsy. These diseases really take a toll on quality of life, finances and can keep you from enjoying time with your family and friends.
Neurological disorders can be serious and life threatening. Western medicine is and should be the primary type of treatment; however, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a great adjunct treatment for neurological disorders. While not a cure, TCM can help the brain repair itself and can help relieve some of the signs and symptoms that neurological disorders bring, so start treatments early in your diagnosis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the modalities of herbs and acupuncture in particular, have been proven effective in the treatment of neurological related conditions. In China, studies have shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to help alleviate some of the signs and symptoms of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine should always be used in conjunction with western medicine for the best results.
Not all acupuncturists are trained in neurological disorders, and not all acupuncture points are effective for neurological conditions. In TCM there are special acupuncture points that can directly influence the brain. So, check and make sure that your acupuncturist is specially trained in neurological disorders.
And … remember to always buckle your seat belt and wear a helmet when riding your motorcycle, bike, and skateboard.
Acupuncture is helpful for these neurological related conditions:
Bell’s palsy **
Craniocerebral injury, closed **
Progressive bulbar & pseudobulbar
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Shi Xuemin, Treatment for Stroke and The Treatment of Cranial Nerve Degenerative Diseases. The National Acupuncture Clinical Research Center of China. First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
World Health Organization, 2002 (pgs. 39, 56) http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2002/9241545437.pdf
World Health Organization, 2003. http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html
World Health Organization, 2007. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/pr04/en/
** Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed: