Wednesday, 8 August 2012

How TCM Chinese Doctor Treat Headache with Acpuncture

How TCM Chinese Doctor Treat Headache with Acpuncture

 A female patient, age 28, complained of severe headache for 3 years. She took panadol whenever she had headache. She told me that sometimes the pain was so severe that she wanted to knock her head against the wall. She said that the headache usually come around 4 to 5 pm in the afternoon and sometimes last for a few days. She had MRI done and could not find anything wrong. There was no tumor. So she was taking painkiller whenever the pain came. Her friend suggested that she should try acupuncture. She came to see me when I was working with Tan Tock Seng Hospital in the Acupuncture Department.  She was also a staff in Tan Tock Seng Hospital then.

After the first acupuncture session with me, she felt some relief of her headache.  She continued to come for acupuncture for a few times and said that the frequency of the attack was less often and the pain was also less severe. She said that she did not know acupuncture could help in reducing the pain, otherwise she would have come earlier. So she continued to come for acupuncture for another few more sessions. She said the headache was gone and now she could concentrate more on her job and was very pleased with the acupuncture treatment.

A man, age 50, came to see me for his headache.  He was introduced by one of my patients.  He said that he had headache for the last five years. Over the years, it cost him a lot of money to seek treatment from different doctors and had MRI done of his head too. The MRI could not detect any thing wrong with his brain.
I told him that since MRI was not able to detect any thing wrong, I was confident that one to two courses of acupuncture should help to relieve his pain. So he came for acupuncture and found that the attacks occur less often and the pain was not as severe as before. I also prescribed him some Chinese herbal tablets to take orally. He came every three days for acupuncture. Sometimes, he could not make it  as he needed to travel overseas for work. He said that he felt much better after each acupuncture session. After about two courses (20 sessions) of acupuncture, his headache was gone.

Some may ask why acupuncture can work in reducing the pain. According to TCM, it is because there is likely to be some stagnation in the brain and the stagnation gets worse as time passes. Acupuncture can disperse stagnation and therefore allow the “qi” to flow better. These patients normally have "Ying" and "Yang" imbalance ("阴阳不调"), their "yang" is more than "Ying".

Some research had been carried out for patients who suffered severe to unbearable pain for many years. They were generally well pleased after several courses of acupuncture treatment as they found that
    (i) their long lasting pain is relieved 疼痛改善
    (ii) their drug intake diminished 药物减少
    (iii) their sleep had improved 睡眠改善

According to research carried out by a researcher, when an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin, it stimulates a sensory nerve which triggers electrical impulses to a spinal cord nerve. That nerve then sends signals to three places:
1.  To the Pituitary Gland
2.  To the Midbrain
3.  To the Nerve Cells

1. To the Pituitary Gland
The pituitary responds by delivering endorphins and anti-inflammatory chemicals into the bloodstream. It would travel through the bloodstream to the affected area and help relieve the swelling.
2. To the Midbrain
The midbrain responds by discharging neurotransmitters which block the body’s pain pathways, easing the discomfort.
3. To the Nerve Cells
The nerve cells respond by releasing endorphins which are neurochemicals that naturally mute pain in the body, again easing the discomfort.

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Forty Types of illnesses/cases    
1) Skin diseases—Eczema (湿疹), Atopic Dermatitis(变应性湿疹);  
2)  Hidradenititis Suppurativa (化脓性汗腺炎);
3)  Hives, Urticaria (麻疹);
4) Shingles (带状疱疹), Herpes Zoster, Postherpetic Neuralgia (带状疱疹神经痛);
5) Acne, pimples (痤疮), rosacea, Seborrheic Dermatitis (脂溢性皮炎;
6) Psoriasis (银屑病);
7) Hair Loss (脱发), Alopecia Areata (鬼剃头), Baldness (光秃);
8) Weight management ( 体重管理 ), Obesity ( 肥胖 ), Slimming (减肥);
9) Retinitis Pigmentosa RP (视网膜色素变性), Night Blindness (夜盲症), 
           Age-related Macular Degeneration AMD (老年性视网膜病变), 
           Retinal Degeneration (视网膜退化病变);
     10)  Glaucoma (青光眼), Cataract (白内障), Dropping Eye Lids (眼睑下垂);
     11)  Dry Eyes (干眼症), Itchy Eyes (眼痒症) , Eye Discharge (眼屎);
     12) Gastritis (胃炎), Bloatedness (胃胀), Flatulence (胀气);
     13)  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS (过敏性肠综合症);
     14)  Infertility (不孕不育) , Menstrual Pain (经痛), Irregular Menstruation (月经不调), Amenorrhea (闭经);
 15)  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS (多囊卵巢综合症), Cervical Polyps (宫颈息肉),
             Endometriosis (子宫内膜异位症),Fibroids (子宫肌瘤;)
     16)  Cancer (肿瘤癌症)- Lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, nose cancer, 
            breast cancer, womb cancer, ovary cancer, stomach cancer;
      17)  Sprain and Injuries (铁打损伤);
      18)  Back Pain (Lumbo-Sacral Spondylosis)(腰痛,椎间盘压迫症), 
      Neck Pain (Cervical Spondylosis)(颈项痛颈椎病);
      19)  Knee Pain (膝盖痛), Swollen Knee (膝盖肿痛);
      20)  Child Therapeutic Massage (小儿推拿), Persistent Cough (久咳);
      21)  Poor appetite (胃纳不佳) for Adults and Children;
      22)  Asthma ( 哮喘 ), Sinusitis (鼻窦炎 ), Rhinitis (鼻炎), Breathing Difficulties  (呼吸困难);
      23)  Rheumatoid Arthritis (类风湿关节炎), Osteoarthritis (骨性关节炎), Arthritis (关节炎);
      24)  Constipation (便秘) for Adults and Children;
      25)  Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Diabetes (糖尿病);
      26)  Hypertension (高血压);
      27)  Urinary Infection (尿道感染), Frequency of Urine (尿频);
      28)  Insomnia (不寐 ), Anxiety (焦虑), Depression (忧郁症);
      29)  Goiter (瘿瘤), Hyperthyroidism (甲状腺亢进), Hypothyroidism (甲状腺低下 ).


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