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Acupuncture Resolves Both The Symptoms And Root Cause Of Meniere’s Disease

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The extremely disturbing condition known as Meniere’s disease can cause patients to experience the following symptoms: vertigo, severe imbalance, tinnitus, pressure in the ears, and loss of hearing.

Meniere’s disease most distressing symptom is vertigo and it is experienced as a dramatic loss of equilibrium or normal balance. This symptom can cause the person to feel that the room he is in to start to spin all of a sudden and at a very fast speed. The person may find it difficult to focus and if the symptom doesn’t stop it can lead to nausea and vomiting. Vertigo is usually caused by an inner ear inflammation related to a virus (and is called acute labyrinthitis), cervical spine issues, delayed symptom of head injury, or benign positional vertigo (a condition caused crystals in the inner ear that abnormally float in the ear and activate inner ear’s the nerve endings).

Oftentimes, loss of hearing can vary in severity in certain days. In Meniere’s disease, loss of hearing can result in serious permanent deafness and hearing loss in the affected ear.

Sufferers of Meniere’s disease have reported that tinnitus can vary and usually tend to exacerbate before an episode of vertigo. According to them, the tinnitus usually sounds like a whirring noise of a motor that only affects the ear with hearing loss.

Also common is a sense of fullness of pressure in the problematic ear.

A lot of acupuncturists who have treated patients with Meniere’s disease say that most of their patients have used practically every conventional treatment available (including drugs and surgery) for their condition without success. They finally turn to acupuncture as a last resort. This treatment produces results and works extremely well against Meniere’s disease. Acupuncture does not only treat the symptoms but also addresses the underlying cause of this condition.

Fort Lauderdale’s Acupuncture Treatment for Meniere’s Disease

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meniere’s disease is classified as hsuan yun or dizziness and vertigo. Its underlying cause is oftentimes either loss of fortification of spleen-stomach combined with phlegm turbidity blocking the center and misting and confounding the clear yang or liver-kidney yin vacuity with rising hyperactivity of liver yang. The acupoint GV 20 (Bai Hui), found on the vortex of the head is used. This point is one among five junctions of the three yang meridians of the feet and hands. It connects with a network meridian associated with the liver system. When it is stimulated with needles, it can help settle and subdue floating yang and reinvigorate the clear yang. Therefore, it can be used for the treatment of dizziness and vertigo. GV 19 (Hou Ding), a point connected to the governing vessel can also be used for dizziness and vertigo. A treatment plan that joins these two acupoints with a single needle can capture and free the flow of blood and qi of the governing vessel. It can also calm the spirit and relax the mind. In Western medicine, this equates to the stabilization of the vegetative nervous system and the enhancement of blood flow to the region of the brain. The acupoint SI 19 (Ting Gong) boosts the hearing ability of the ears and liberates the flow of the orifices. The Liv3 (Tai Chong) point is the liver’s source point, while the gallbladder’s construction point is the Xia Xi. When the two acupoints are needled, it can help subdue Yang and regulate the liver. St 40 (Feng Long) and P 6 (Nei Guan) are respectively the network points of the abdomen and pericardium. When they are needled, it can stop vomiting, harmonize the abdomen, and help transform phlegm. The kidney’s source point is called Tai Hsi. It enriches water so that it can sprinkle or moisten wood. The Tai Hsi also helps fill or foster yin essence. Therefore, this protocol can utilize a combination of local acupoints and selected body points depending on the pattern discrimination of the patient. This can help resolve both the symptoms and root cause of Meniere’s disease.

Written by Valerie

July 4th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

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