There are many clinical research trials showing the benefits of acupuncture for epilepsy. Early diagnosis and treatment of acupuncture in children can produce remarkable results. There are indications that in order to achieve long term relief that the treatment needs to be continued on a regular basis for a period of two years. Scalp, body and auricular acupuncture are successful in treatment of epilepsy. Quantum Brain Healing often uses acupuncture points in treating epilepsy and the range of seizure symptoms. Eastern medicine can treat many diseases successfully that remain unresolved with Western medicine. Some types of seizures disorders with unknown origin can be treated or cured with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Most of this type of seizures are treated with little success by allopathic medicine. Epilepsy is not cured overnight and often herbal formulas are used on a long term basis.
Medical researchers from the Medical College of Ohio showed that acupuncture produced autonomic changes in animals and biochemical changes in the central nervous system. They believed that these changes correlated with the improvement in seizures, paresis, and paralysis treated with acupuncture. Vagal nerve stimulation and neurotransmitter changes explain the effects of acupuncture on brain on epilepsy. This is also the biochemical mechanism of VNS. Acupuncture points on the body, face, ear, scalp, and lower extremities activate the vagus nerve through reflex actions taking place in centers receiving several converging inputs within the brain stem. These points appear frequently in treating epilepsy. Dr Bob Flaws offers a great book on treating brain illness with acupuncture. Herbal Formulas to treat epilepsy can be found in a great book by Honora Lee Wolfe. They are the best available and can be found online at Blue Poppy.
Shen Men is an acupuncture point on the ear which has received extensive examination. Its location on the ear lies within the zone of the concave surface of the pinna supplied by the auricular branch of the vagus nerve. Electro-acupuncture is electrical stimulation applied to an acupuncture needle. Auricular electro-acupuncture stimulation decreased epileptic activity in the cortex of the brain. Electro-acupuncture decreased levels of excitatory neurotransmitters in the hippocampus and increased the inhibitory neurotransmitter levels of glycine, taurine, and GABA. Quantum Brain Healing has found herbal formulas and acupuncture to successfully reduce and stop seizures. Always discuss any new medications or recreational drugs that are being used as these may trigger seizures in some people.
Stimulation of acupuncture points on the extremities results in stimulation of the vagus nerve. The anti-epileptic effects of these VNS and electro-acupuncture target the same part of the brain. Taurine supplementation increases the effectiveness of electro-acupuncture to protect against induced seizures. Some Chinese herbs used to treat epilepsy have relatively high amounts of taurine. Electro-acupuncture applied to body points in rats with pilocarpine-induced epilepsy levels found that electro-acupuncture reduced epileptiform discharges in the improved cognitive deficits and prevented shrinkage of areas within the limbic system of the brain. Electro-acupuncture functions as a neuro-protectant. It is likely that acupuncture and electro-acupuncture reverse signs of brain aging and mental decline.
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