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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.

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July 4th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

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The Patterns of Disharmony Associated with the Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

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What is Ménière’s disease?

A condition affecting the inner ear, Ménière’s disease causes problems in hearing and balance in a person. It is caused by a rise in the amount of fluid volume and pressure in the semicircular canals, causing increased and pathological pressure there. This usually results in vertigo or dizzy spells, which create feelings of violent whirling, rotation, spinning, and falling.

Meniére’s Disease (MD) is oftentimes an extremely distressing and disabling condition. Tinnitus is another symptom that can crop up in Meniére’s Disease. During spells, this ringing in the ears may not be noticeable but eventually will be constant during the later stages of the disorder.

Pressure or a sensation of fullness in the affected ear, nausea, and vomiting are oftentimes experienced, in an MD attack. However, after the episode, hearing loss may fail to recover once the disease is established. In the advanced stages of the disease, hearing loss can be quite constant and cannot be recovered, and may impact hearing in all ranges.

According to studies, one out of every thousand people is affected by Meniere’s disease. The condition can occur at any age, although people between 40 and 60 years of age are the ones to be likely affected.

Causes of Meniére’s Disease

There is no known cause for Ménière’s disease although certain factors are associated with it. They include:

• Anxiety and stress
• Too much salt in the diet (most likely due to a rise in fluid retention)
• Migraine
• Premenstrual syndrome that are connected to fluid retention
• Hormonal or glandular imbalance including hypothyroidism
• Severe head injury enough to cause a concussion
• Common factors such as wheat, dairy products, alcohol, smoking, and chocolate
• Elevated levels of cholesterol

The Symptoms of Meniére’s Disease

Each patient may manifest different kinds of symptoms. Symptoms can suddenly arise, and their duration and frequency may differ.

Symptoms include:

• A spinning sensation, even when you are stationary
• Vertigo – Meniere’s disease often most striking symptom, which includes:
 Dizziness
 Vomiting
 Nausea
A vertigo spell may last from a few minutes to a number of hours. It is hard to predict when an episode of vertigo may happen.
 Perspiration
 Palpitations (Irregular heartbeats)
 Hearing loss – During the early stages of the disease, hearing loss may fluctuate. The patient may suffer from hypersensitivity to loud sounds. Most sufferers eventually, experience varying degrees of longstanding hearing loss.
 Tinnitus – There may be hissing, whistling, buzzing, or ringing sensation in your ear that is created generated from inside your body. When you are tired or during quite times, you will be more aware of it.

Ménière’s Disease from the Viewpoint of Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine usually considers health condition as disorders of the organs and organ systems (spleen, kidney, gallbladder, and liver). These organs usually apply to the traditional organ systems and may not be directly referring to the modern functional and structural connotations of the named organs.

Patterns of Disharmony in Chinese Medicine Associated with the Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

1. Phlegm-fire syndrome: This pattern usually exhibits as intermittent ringing in the ears, such as the chirping of cicadas, occasionally combined with a feeling of blockage in the ear resulting in impaired hearing.
2. Hyperactive gallbladder and liver fire: This pattern comes out as a sudden rise of a type of tinnitus that has continual sound combined by excess syndrome symptoms such as constipation, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, a flushed face, and headache.
3. Qi deficiency: This shows up as tinnitus that occurs intermittently that can be aggravated with stress and assuaged with rest. Tiredness is another possible symptom of this deficiency.
4. Kidney yin hsu (xu): This a condition associated with tinnitus in which the tinnitus gradually gets worse (which may reach specific constant degrees and gets no worse after that) and is combined by symptoms of a deficiency type: back ache, dizziness, knee weakness, occasionally accompanied by flushing of the face and hot sensation of the soles and/or palms.

Tips for coping with symptoms and lessen the intensity and regularity of attacks related to Meniere’s disease.

1. Before resuming your regular activities, you need to rest during and after attacks.
2. Be aware of the tell-tale signs of an attack – when you start to feel dizzy, sit or lie down immediately.
3. Always have good lighting and as much as possible, walk on an even surface lest you start losing your balance.
4. Stay away from triggers that may aggravate your symptoms. This may include reading, watching TV, bright lights, or sudden movement.
5. Eat balanced meals – A balanced consumption of drink and food throughout the day can help stabilize your body fluids.
6. If you suffer from frequent spells of vertigo, do not drive or operate heavy machinery as this can lead to injury or accident.
7. Refrain from alcohol and caffeine – Too much alcohol or caffeine (in cola drinks, coffee, and tea) or alcohol can tighten up your blood vessels and worsen your symptoms.
8. Stop smoking – The intensity of your symptoms may increase if you smoke.
9. Lessen your intake of salt – Taking in too much sodium may not only worsen your symptoms and increase the fluid in your inner ear, it can also lead to high blood pressure.

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Written by Valerie

January 24th, 2017 at 4:49 am

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