Acupuncture therapy and Peripheral Facial Paralysis
19 February 2020 Tony Jiang
Peripheral facial paralysis is also called as “Bell’s palsy” and “Facial neuritis”. This disease is considered as a type of facial paralysis and it is caused by non-specific inflammation of facial nerve. The common causes of this illness include encountering cold, suffering from tired, improper diet, binge drinking, etc. Additionally, based on epidemiological investigation, the morbidity of the facial paralysis is not closely related to different age group. Many patients think that the aged people are more probably to be suffer from peripheral facial paralysis than the young people. However, it is not the case. For example, maintaining ventilation in the vehicle or taking too much cold air from the air conditioner usually leads to facial palsy among young people.
The course of peripheral facial palsy can be divided to three major stages: acute stage (the first 2 weeks), recovery stage (3 week – 3 months), and sequelae stage (3 months — 6 month). This facial nerve disease can contribute to some painful symptoms such as, opisthotic pain, deflection of the angle of month, salivating and so on. Moreover, the patients often cannot finish some important facial actions such as lifting the eyebrow, twitching nose, drumming cheek and whistling of the affected side. Additionally, peripheral facial paralysis has a significant impact on taking food because of the food may remain in oral cavity of the affected side. All of the symptoms which have been mentioned above can negatively impact the patients’ daily life. Furthermore, according to the result of statistical data, approximately 70% of patients will be subjected to severe sequela and these patients are also faced with some psychological illness because of their terrible appearance.
The treatment method of peripheral facial paralysis includes drug therapy and traditional therapy. The drug treatment has some side effect. As an illustration, prednisone tablet is a main drug which can effectively eliminate facial nerve inflammation. However, the usage of hormone drug is not suitable for patients who suffer from severe hypertension, diabetes, gastric ulcer, etc., Compared to this treatment method, traditional Chinese therapy almost has no side effect and Chinese acupuncture therapy has obvious curative effect on treating peripheral facial palsy. For another, facial palsy was considered as one of the 43 adaption diseases of acupuncture treatment by “World Health Organization (WHO)” in 1980 and electro-acupuncture therapy has a remarkedly cured rate. The results of some experimental research indicate that proper electro-acupuncture stimulation can lead to release of trophic divisor of facial nerve. Consequently, this process can promote the repair of injured facial nerve. For most patients, the best acupuncture intervention time is 3-10 days since getting this illness. In case missing this crucial period, the occurrence rate of facial paralysis sequelae will increase significantly. The commonly used acupuncture points are Fengchi, Yangbai, Tongziliao, Sibai, Jiachengjiang, Dicang, Kouheliao, Hegu, Zhongzhu, etc.,The electro-acupuncture treatment duration is 20-30 minutes every time, 2-3 times every week, 6 times every treatment course. The majority of patients can be cured after 2-4 treatment courses (1-2 months).
However, electro-therapy has not obvious effect on all of the patients. The curative effect is also closely associated with the patients’ age, medical history, the course of disease, and the extent of the facial nerve injury, etc., For example, according to my own clinical experience and some medical investigation, the patients suffering from pool-controlled diabetes, severe hyperlipidemia are more likely to be faced with facial paralysis sequalae. Therefore, receiving acupuncture therapy as soon as possible and effectively treating basic diseases is significantly important of the prognosis of peripheral facial paralysis.
Lumbar disc herniation is referred to as “lumbar process”. It is caused by lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration, fibrous ring rupture, nucleus pulposus protruding, backward or into the spinal canal, causing adjacent tissues to be stimulated or oppressed, resulting in lumbago accompanied by radiation pain or (and) numbness in one lower extremity, Lameness (unable to walk), restricted lumbar spine movements, increased abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, and forced defecation, increased pain, cold limbs, and severely weakened muscle strength and muscle atrophy of the affected innervating muscles are a series of Typical clinical symptoms. It often brings a lot of pain to patients’ work, life, body and mind, and even causes disability and incapacity.
I often encounter patients with lumbar sprains clinically. On one occasion, a young lady sprained her waist due to an improper posture, and her left waist was severely painful. After diagnosis, it was found that she had tenderness on both sides of the lumbar vertebrae, but there was no bone injury. It was a pain caused by a simple sprain of the waist. Acupoints such as the hands of three miles, low back pain points, etc., are inserted and twisted to give strong stimulation, and cooperate with back and forth movements of the waist. After 1 minute, the patient noticed a significant increase in the range of motion of the waist and reduced pain. Later, I asked her to lie prone on the treatment bed, insert the conventional acupuncture points on the waist and legs according to the location, and add electroacupuncture continuous waves to the pain area. After the treatment was completed, she felt that most of her symptoms were relieved and healed after 3 consecutive treatments.
In many cases, the effect of acupuncture is related to the word “magic”. Not only is it a gem of traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine is also paying more and more attention to acupuncture. Some Internal Medicine published the American College of Physicians’ “Clinical Practice Guide for Noninvasive Treatment of Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain”, recommending non-drug treatment such as acupuncture as first-line therapy. Among them, acupuncture is the only first-line treatment recommended for both acute and chronic low back pain.
In fact, a variety of acute and chronic pain are the dominant diseases of acupuncture, and acupuncture can be said to be the pioneer of this. First of all, its most prominent advantage is that acupuncture can “go directly to the clinic” and directly penetrate the painful area to play an analgesic effect, reduce symptoms, and fundamentally eliminate the cause of pain by acting on muscles and fascia. Take low back pain as an example. Chronic low back pain is often caused by long-term strain. Waist muscles are anxious and ischemic. When cold or improper posture, it can induce muscle spasm and pain. Acupuncture works directly on the joints of muscle tendons, relieves muscle spasm and relieves pain, at the same time promotes local blood circulation, improves the state of muscle anxiety and ischemia, and even achieves immediate results.
Modern research also proves that acupuncture can play both specific and non-specific analgesia through the combination of different acupuncture depths and distal and proximal acupuncture points. In other words, when patients receive acupuncture treatment, they can specifically treat the affected area, and at the same time, they can stimulate their own pain-reducing mechanism and strengthen the curative effect. This is difficult to achieve with other therapies.
There are many types of lumbar diseases. Acupuncture is often effective for non-bone injuries of the waist. For acute low back pain, fractures and slippage should be ruled out and treated as soon as possible, in conjunction with exercise therapy for distal site stimulation. If chronic low back pain is caused by long-term strain, in addition to conventional treatment, warm acupuncture, moxibustion, and rehabilitation can be appropriately added according to other accompanying symptoms. Training, etc
HONG KONG – In another example that communication is proving as difficult as containment in the current coronavirus outbreak, China’s state media reported, to increasing skepticism, that a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) oral liquid could inhibit the new coronavirus that has so far killed 427 in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
On Jan. 31, China’s state press Xinhua published an article that claims that the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had discovered that the Shuanghuanglian oral liquid could be used to “inhibit” the 2019-nCoV.
Made from a blend of honeysuckle, Chinese skullcap and forsythia, shuanghuanglian is believed to be antiviral, antibacterial and good for the immune system; thus, it is often used to relieve symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat.
The report caused panic buying of the TCM both online and in brick-and-mortar pharmacies in the country. However, the statement was also met with a wall of skepticism from both the general public and doctors.
To address their concerns, SIMM released a statement on Feb. 1 to verify the Xinhua report, while saying that the conclusion is based on “the results of laboratory in vitro studies” and “further clinical studies are needed to confirm it.”
“I think it’s very irresponsible for a research institute to release a statement only based on a simple in vitro test where they would put the extracted viruses in shuanghuanglian liquid and check their survival rate afterwards,” said Shi Lichen, founder of Beijing Dingchen Pharmaceutical Management Consulting Center. “Because there are so many reasons why virus couldn’t survive – being away from a host, for example, could lead to the natural death of the virus – so how do we know that it was the TCM that was actually working?”
“Plus the content of TCM is much more complicated,” he told BioWorld. “There are so many ingredients in shuanghuanglian, how would we know which ones are actually working?”
Shi noted that the result of in vitro tests should not be regarded as a guideline for clinical research. The only way to confirm the efficacy of a drug is by its clinical performance.
“The central government is working on collecting clinical data and they should release a nationwide statement soon,” he said. “And it should always be the central government that releases a statement like this instead of an individual local institute.”
Shi said that there is yet to be sufficient evidence to prove that any herbal remedy could kill viruses, but this is not the first time TCM is linked to the cure for a deadly virus.
In 2003, SIMM took the lead in confirming that Shuanghuanglian oral liquid has anti-SARS coronavirus effect. And in the decade following the SARS outbreak, a team from the institute conducted numerous researches and confirmed the TCM’s efficacy against influenza virus (H7N9, H1N1, H5N1), SARS-CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), reporting obvious antiviral effects.
In the paper, titled “Study Progress on Antiviral Activities and Mechanisms of Flavonoids in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Medicines,” authored by researchers from the Department of Pharmacy at Tongji Hospital, which is affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, it is also mentioned that flavonoid extracted from litchi seeds can inhibit the proteinase activity of SARS-CoV3CL for its viral protein synthesis, which makes it a potential treatment for SARS.
“People are starting to go to TCM because there’s no Western drug available yet,” said He Gongxin, former chief representative of the Shanghai office at Gilead Sciences Inc., whose NUC inhibitor, remdesivir, had just entered a phase III trial in China for fighting the 2019-nCoV.
“I’m not against shuanghuanglian. You can drink it; I don’t think it’s harmful for you because it’s just sugar water,” said He.
In another article on Feb. 3, Xinhua said that eight patients infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been “cured by TCM or a combination of TCM and Western medicine in Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.” It goes on to say that this is the first batch of patients, of whom six were in critical condition, cured by such treatment.
Xinhua reported that the patients were treated by TCM doctors from Beijing’s Xiyuan and Guang’anmen hospitals, both under the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, who have been looking after patients in Wuhan since Jan. 28.
Many of us don’t know that drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancers of the mouth, upper throat, voice-box, food-pipe, bowel, liver and breast (in women). Also, there is some evidence that alcohol increases the risk of stomach and pancreatic cancer.
If you combine smoking with drinking, your risk of cancer will increase significantly.
Our recommendations on alcohol are based on good quality evidence. We recommend that:
you limit your alcohol intake or not drink alcohol if you want to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
young people do not drink alcohol or delay drinking alcohol for as long as possible if they choose to drink.
our Government and councils introduce policies that meaningfully reduce the amount of alcohol available and the amount of alcohol advertising.
How does alcohol cause cancer?
As yet we don’t have a definitive answer but good quality evidence tells us that alcohol (ethanol) may cause cancer in the following ways:
our body breaks ethanol down into smaller substances that are absorbed into our blood stream. One of these substances is called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde can bond with our DNA (the genetic information in every cell) to increase the risk of cell mutations (damage to cells) and disrupts normal cell replication (how cells normally copy themselves) which may increase the risk of cancer.
ethanol comes into contact with our tissue by irritating the moist tissue that lines our digestive tract (mucosa). This irritation makes it easier for substances linked to cancer (carcinogens) to cause damage to our cells
ethanol acts as a solvent (a thinner) so our body is more at risk of absorbing other carcinogens
ethanol increases our oestrogen levels. This may add to the increased risk of breast cancer in women drinkers. Studies have found oestrogens to have a carcinogenic effect on breast tissue.
ethanol causes cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, which increases the risk of liver cancer.
What is a safe level of drinking?
No level of alcohol intake is safe in terms of cancer risk. The cancers where alcohol has a strong link are, cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), food pipe (oesophagus), bowel (colorectal), breast (in women) and liver. There is some evidence that heavy drinking also increases the risk of stomach (gastric) cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Cancer risk increases with the amount of alcohol drunk.
Much research is being done on how acupuncture can help relieve some of the symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to help relieve fatigue, hot flashes, nausea, vomiting, and pain.
In a French study published in 2003, acupuncture was examined in the treatment of cancer-related pain. Patients treated with acupuncture had a 36% reduction in pain after 2 months of acupuncture treatments. Study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, acupuncture was shown to reduce post-chemotherapy fatigue by 31% in people with various types of cancer.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers.
Why it’s done
Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
Low back pain
Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture. You may be at risk of complications if you:
Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you’re taking blood thinners.
Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.
Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery.
During the procedure
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:
Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don’t feel them inserted at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.
The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions.
Several studies, however, indicate that some types of simulated acupuncture appear to work just as well as real acupuncture. There’s also evidence that acupuncture works best in people who expect it to work.
Acupuncture has few side effects, so it may be worth a try if you’re having trouble controlling pain with more-conventional methods.
This study aimed to retrospectively examine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the relief of pain originating from temporomandibular joint disorder and trigeminal neuralgia. Participants included patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular disorder with osseous pathology ruled out by panoramic X-rays. Participants received a series of 8–10 weekly acupuncture treatments and rated their pain via a visual analogue scale. From assessment of a total of 39 patients, analysis of pain severity before and after treatment showed that acupuncture intervention was highly beneficial for patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (88.6%, p < 0.01), compared with patients with trigeminal neuralgia in which there was only a minor effect (25%). The data also demonstrated that acupuncture was both efficacious in acute patients (91%, p < 0.01) and chronic patients (70%, p < 0.05) and elicited no side effects during the course of treatment. Acupuncture treatment was a safe and efficient methodology for relieving the pain of patients suffering from temporomandibular disorder with no detectable osseous joint component. Based on these results, a randomized clinical trial is being initiated at the Stomatologic Clinic at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to assess the role of acupuncture in treating temporomandibular joint disorder.
Acupuncture May Reduce Treatment-Related Joint Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture can reduce joint pain caused by drugs called aromatase inhibitors, according to results from a large, rigorous study of this approach in postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.
Many women with hormone receptor (HR)–positive early breast cancers, which rely on estrogen to fuel tumor growth, take aromatase inhibitors after surgery to reduce their risk of the cancer recurring. These drugs, which block estrogen production, are also used to prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women at high risk for the disease and to treat HR-positive metastatic breast cancer.
“About 50% of patients on these medications complain of some joint pain or stiffness, and about half of those patients describe the pain as severe,” causing some women to stop taking the drugs, said the trial’s lead investigator, Dawn Hershman, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center.
Several small studies have suggested that acupuncture may alleviate aromatase inhibitor–related joint pain and stiffness, although others have shown no benefit, said Dr. Hershman, who presented the findings of the new study December 7 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. She and her colleagues designed their large study to get a clearer answer to the question of whether acupuncture can relieve aromatase inhibitor–related pain.
“Identifying interventions to address aromatase inhibitor–induced joint pain is essential but has been lacking to date. This trial demonstrated that, compared with placebo, acupuncture may provide a durable, nonpharmacologic option for improving the musculoskeletal symptoms experienced by these patients,” said Raquel Reinbolt, M.D., a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was not involved with the study.
“Reducing the drug toxicity experience may then translate into improved adherence [to therapy], and ultimately, improved breast cancer outcomes,” Dr. Reinbolt said.
And, having acupuncture, along with engaging with the acupuncturist, as an alternative or in addition to taking prescription pain medications may help patients feel empowered to manage joint pain that can occur as a side effect of their cancer treatment, said Ann O’Mara, Ph.D., R.N., head of palliative care research in NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention.
A major strength of the study is that it was a multisite trial and included many patients from general oncology practices, not just from university medical centers, Dr. O’Mara noted. This means the results are likely to be broadly generalizable to women in the community.
Pain Relief Continued after Treatments Ended
The clinical trial was led by the NCI-funded SWOG clinical trials group and carried out at 11 sites that participate in the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The 226 women in the trial were all taking a third-generation aromatase inhibitor—anastrozole (Arimidex®)®, letrozole (Femara®)®, or exemestane (Aromasin®)®—after surgery for early-stage HR-positive breast cancer and were randomly assigned to receive true acupuncture, sham acupuncture (placebo), or no treatment.
Sham acupuncture involves shallow insertion of short, thin needles at non-acupuncture points.
All acupuncturists involved in the study were licensed and were rigorously trained on site by an acupuncturist on the study team. They were monitored for quality of care throughout the study.
To be enrolled in the study, women could not have taken opioid or corticosteroid drugs or received any alternative or physical therapy for AI-related joint pain in the past 4 weeks. Notably, Dr. Hershman said, 80% of the patients in the study were taking over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for joint pain without experiencing relief.
Roughly half of the study participants (110) received true acupuncture twice a week for 6 weeks, followed by once-a-week maintenance sessions for 6 more weeks. The other half were in one of two control groups: 59 received sham acupuncture on the same schedule as the true acupuncture group, and the remaining 57 received no treatment.
The no-treatment group was included to control for any possible benefits or possible negative effects of the sham acupuncture, Dr. Hershman explained.
Study investigators followed the women for another 12 weeks after treatments ended. Patients reported on their pain before, during, and after treatment using various methods, including a questionnaire on which women could indicate a rating of “worst pain” on a scale of 0 to 10.
After 6 weeks, “we saw a mean two-point reduction of worst pain [in the true-acupuncture group compared with worst pain before treatment], which is a major reduction,” and these effects were maintained after 12 weeks, Dr. Hershman said.
Moreover, “even at 24 weeks, women in the true-acupuncture group had less pain overall than women in either [control] group,” Dr. Hershman added.
The main side effect of true and sham acupuncture was mild bruising, which was more common in the true-acupuncture group than in the sham-acupuncture group.
Patients in both the sham-acupuncture and no-treatment groups reported a roughly one-point mean reduction in worst pain at 6 weeks. Although it’s not clear why the control groups also saw an improvement, Dr. Hershman said that, in symptom-management studies where patients are monitored and assessed over time, researchers often see an improvement of symptoms in the control group.
More Investigations Planned
The new findings should make health care providers more likely to suggest acupuncture to their patients, Dr. Hershman said.
“Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative approach for managing aromatase inhibitor–induced joint pain. The primary limitations of this treatment at the current time are cost and availability. Hopefully, this [new] data will generate additional discussion regarding reimbursement [by medical insurance] and access to treatment,” Dr. Reinbolt said.
One possible limitation of the study, Dr. O’Mara said, is that most participants (88%) were white, despite the inclusion of patients from across the United States. Only 5% and 7% of participants, respectively, were black or Asian.
As usual, some questions remain. “If you start having aches and pains, should you go back [for more acupuncture sessions]? Should you continue with, say, once-a-week treatments until you finish taking aromatase inhibitors?” Dr. O’Mara asked.
The team is not planning to pursue those questions. But, Dr. Hershman said, “We offered everybody 10 acupuncture sessions at the end of 24 weeks, regardless of which group they were in, and we’ll be doing a separate analysis to see how many patients in each group accepted the offer.”
The team also plans to use tissue samples that they collected from patients throughout the trial to gain a better understanding of what causes aromatase inhibitor–related joint symptoms, “and what the mechanism of acupuncture may be in terms of providing pain relief,” Dr. Hershman said.
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What Is Medical Pulse Diagnosis?
By Acupuncture & Wellness Center • December 3, 2019 • Tags: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, wellness
If you’ve ever had an acupuncture appointment, then you might be familiar with a pulse reading.
Are you familiar with a medical pulse reading?
A method with both ancient and modern medicine, Medical Pulse Diagnosis (MPD) is a trademarked technique of reading the radial pulse.
Rooted in the Chinese Medical tradition and reaching as far back as the 2nd and 1st century BCE, the Nan Jing medical text is over 2100 years old!
The most notable medical texts published with pulse diagnosis instruction are the Shang Han Lun in 220 AD, the Mai Jing in the 3rd century AD, and the Bin Hu Mai Xue in the 16th century AD.
It’s an evolving technique ever since, leaving modern-day practitioners with a refined method in diagnosing the condition of the body.
Why is Pulse Diagnosis important?
Pulse diagnosis sheds light on the quality of blood coursing through the body.
This includes the big blood vessels and the small blood vessels, the ones feeding and draining the organs and the ones feeding and draining the extremities.
It informs on the condition of function in the organ systems as well.
Is the heart weak?
Is the liver sluggish?
Are the kidney’s optimally cleansing the blood?
There are many states of function before an organ is considered diseased. Often times there are symptoms that arise from these pre-diseased states that are not critical but are still troublesome.
Western medical testing often will pick up on a diseased organ but has difficulty detecting the stages of dysfunction before the full-blown diseased state. This is where pulse diagnosis shines. It is able to detect beginning patterns of disease.
Learning to read the pulse takes many years and a lot of practice. It is not simply something practitioners can study from an academic book. It is a palpatory skill combined with the study of physiologic function in the body. A practitioner must refine the ability to pick up on subtle characteristics in the flow of blood through the radial artery.
So, what sets Medical Pulse Diagnosis apart?
MPD is unique amongst other Chinese pulse diagnostic methods being taught today.
Other methods are able to hone the palpatory skill but lack the clinical relevance in terms of treatment.
MPD completely integrates all skills:
Correct finger positions on the wrists correlating with real anatomical locations in the body.
Understanding of the Chinese Medical diagnosis and their related Western Medical diagnosis.
The correct combination of Chinese herbs to treat these diagnoses.
No other method today has its basis in ancient Chinese medical texts and at the same time is completely integrated into the western medical model.
MPD can be logically taught; systematically practiced and can produce the same diagnosis even if completely different MPD trained practitioners are doing the pulsing.
In comparison, most other methods:
Do not relate to the Chinese diagnostic pattern with Western medical patterns.
Do not teach which herbal combinations to use to treat a pathologic pulse formation.
Cannot be easily learned, requiring the student to search multiple texts and/or schools to learn from.
MPD is a trademarked skill that is taught only by the Acupuncture and Wellness Center.
Bob Doane, Founder & CEO of AWC, has traveled the world teaching this method to Chinese herbalists, physicians, and other practitioners. His studies have been greatly influenced by the above mentioned medical texts along with the works of Wang Qing Ren in his 1830 book Yi Lin Gai. What Is Medical Pulse Diagnosis?
Facial fillers and Botox have become incredibly popular over the years, with millions of individuals undergoing each treatment. But there might be a natural alternative that can help treat the signs of aging and potentially help with other health issues.
Enter facial acupuncture, a treatment that falls under the larger acupuncture umbrella, according to Amrit Singh, a registered acupuncturist and founder of 6 Babe Beauty in Toronto, Canada. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is a key aspect of traditional Chinese remedies; the treatment uses needles to stimulate balance and flow of chi, which is “the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine,” according to the English Oxford Dictionary.
Facial acupuncture, or “cosmetic acupuncture,” as it’s sometimes called, is “a little bit more beauty-focused in that we are putting needles in the face to stimulate collagen production, improve skin quality, help heal acne, help heal acne scars, but we are also still using body points,” Singh said.
“It’s actually quite a bonus, because you’re getting a beauty treatment, but we’re also working through your inner body systems at the same time,” she said.
Like acupuncture, this treatment has been around for thousands of years, but in the past it was typically reserved for the upper echelons of Chinese society. Now it’s becoming more widely accessible.
With all that being said, it should be noted that this form of alternative medicine hasn’t been very widely studied, so hard scientific data is lacking.
Salma Hayek has reached a milestone on her Instagram, chalking up an impressive 12 million followers.
And the 53-year-old actress celebrated by stripping off for an acupuncture session – which she documented for her fans.
‘I’m very grateful to all of you for your love and support. Yaaaay!!! You have gotten me to the 12 million!!! A needle for health and well-being representing each million of you,’ she said in her post.