Tuesday, 12 November 2013

TCM Block-Nose-triggered Headache, Blur Vision and Fluid Accumulation

Recently, a male patient came to see me.  He complained he had block-nose for the last 10 years and tended to have running nose in the morning when he woke up.

The last few days he suffered a great deal because of his block-nose.  Firstly, his right nose was severely blocked; the left nose was not so bad.  Secondly the block-nose triggered headache on the right side of his head.  Thirdly, he felt that there was some fluid retention below his right eye and his right eye vision was blurred.

He was doubtful if I could cure him of his condition. He was reserved and did not disclose much information about his problem.  I treated him with acupuncture. He was quite dreadful of acupuncture esp. as it was done on the sensitive areas around his nose and below his eye.  I assured him that it is OK as I do it to many of my patients every day and he need not worry about it. Ten minutes after the acupuncture needles were inserted around his nose, I asked how he felt. He replied that his left nose had cleared a lot and his right nose about 30%.  I also told him to do some breathing exercise on and off during the acupuncture process. At this point, he seemed to have more confidence and he started talking a lot. 

After the acupuncture treatment, he said that his headache was much less and he could breathe much better with his nose. I told him that in about 2 to 3 days’ time with my herbal medicine, he should feel much better and the vision in his right eye should also be back to normal.



He came back for a second visit to my clinic and said that he could breathe much better and his headache, blur vision and fluid retention were all gone.
I have many patients who had blocked nose problem.  One was a woman who had blocked nose for the last two years and with the prolonged blocked nose, she had lost her sense of smell. Another was a man who had “Sleep Apnea Syndrome” (”阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停综合征”). He needed to use a Pad Machine to help him breathe when he slept.

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