ACUPUNCTURE’S ROLE IN MANAGING EPILEPSY Presented by Maoshing Ni, Ph.D., D.O.M., L.Ac. Ban B. Wong, M.S., L.Ac. TAO OF WELLNESS Can Acupuncture Help Epilepsy? Acupuncture May Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Epileptic Seizures Acupuncture May Decrease Post-Seizure Symptoms
Maoshing Ni, Ph.D., D.O.M., L.Ac.
Ban B. Wong, M.S., L.Ac.
TAO OF WELLNESS
1,087 (82%) cases received complete remission.
170 (13%) cases experienced substantial decrease in frequency and rate of seizure episodes.
58 (4%) cases experienced no change.Research 1
Klide, A.M. et al. "Acupuncture Therapy for the Treatment of Intractable Idiopathic Epilepsy in Five Dogs." Acupuncture Electrotherapy Research, 12 (1), 1987, pp. 71-4.
A 7-year-old female patient in the pediatric intensive care unit with intractable seizures for 6 weeks.
ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF PEDIATRIC STATUS EPILEPTICUS
Y.C. Lin, MD, MPH, Dept of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine
and G. Hong, MD, Oregon Academy of Medical Acupuncture,
Acupuncture: 3 treatments for the first week, then 2 times weekly for 4 weeks. Each treatment was 10 minutes long, and electrical stimulation was performed at low frequency.
Before Acupuncture: EEG showed periods of burst suppression alternating with periods of continuous seizure activity.
After Acupuncture: EEG showed moderate generalized cortical dysfunction with no electrographic seizures, and no overt seizure activity was noted; more obvious change at the second treatment.
Result: Patient was weaned off phenobarbital drip and was transferred to the regular ward. Following discontinuation of her tracheotomy tube, she was transferred to a rehabilitation facility.
Seizure is viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
1. One of the four major disorders affecting children
2. The first known documentation of epilepsy appeared in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (700-221 B.C.)
3. TCM considers Seizure as “Wind” generated by extremes of Heat or Cold
“There are many approaches to complementary and alternative therapies and that many patients [with epilepsy] benefit from the additional treatments.”
Orrin Devinsky, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, Director NYU-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
“Alternative therapies can include …. aromatherapy to yoga, hypnosisto massage therapy, pet therapy to magnetic stimulation, or acupuncture to herbs.”
Raises Seizure Threshold and inhibits development of epilpsy signs on EEG
Duration of effect in stopping seizure after halting treatment is longer than phenobarbital
Stopped seizure in induced epilepticus in guinea pigs
Regulates blood pressure
Calming effectTraditional Chinese Herbs
“The main goal of the study is to scientifically study herbs and combinations of herbs that have traditionally been used over a number of centuries in East Asia to treat seizures.The ultimate goal is to discover new compounds that could possibly undergo further testing in people with epilepsy.”
- Steven Schachter, MD
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