What Are Neurological Disorders?
In Traditional Western Medicine, any disease connected to the central nervous system or the peripheral nervous system is considered a neurological disorder. These diseases can be due to genetic defects, trauma, vascular disturbances, infections and tumors. Some diseases have obvious causes. The causes for many other neurological disorders are unknown.
Examples of neurological disorders are:
- Cerebral vascular accident (CVA)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Migraine headache
- Parkinson’s disease
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Vertebral disc herniation
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Disorders of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste)
- Raynaud’s disease
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), etc.
The imbalances involving our sensory and motor functions are well described in the literature of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The organ systems and how they interconnect and communicate with one another has long been determined and utilized in TCM. The ability to determine which systems are principally involved in a specific disorder enhances the treatment’s potential for success.
Chinese medicine’s knowledge of these balancing mechanisms at play in normal health also provides insight regarding prevention. It is extremely important, especially for those with greater tendencies for these disorders, to practice moderation in all things (diet, emotional stress, overdoing, inactivity and exposure to environmental extremes).
What Are the Symptoms of Neurological Disorders?
Those problems involving the central nervous system will generally be associated with symptoms pertaining to the head and its various functions. These include:
- Disturbances of the five senses
- Cognitive functions
Peripheral nervous system problems involve symptoms related to the affected region. The symptoms include alterations in:
- Changes to the skin
How are Neurological Disorders Treated?
In Traditional Western Medicine, each neurological disorder will require specialized treatment according to the area involved and the severity of the problem. The use of drugs, surgery or physical rehabilitation is the standard of care when treating these diseases.
Unfortunately, due to the complexity and delicacy of both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, many treatment interventions are only able to manage the resulting dysfunction and pain. Many of the more invasive treatment options carry considerable risks and side effects.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, to correctly and effectively treat the neurological imbalance, first seeks to alleviate the primary unpleasant and debilitating symptoms.
Concurrently with symptomatic relief, Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses the weaknesses in the organ systems that failed to prevent the problem from developing. Nutrition is essential to recovery from neurological disorders. Poor nutritional choices contribute to imbalance and wise nutritional choices lead to recovery. Comparable assessment of other lifestyle choices and habits must be undertaken to establish the best conditions for healing to take place.
Acupuncture and herbal therapy enhance the speed, quantity and quality of recovery. They act like a catalyst when combined with changes in habits. Risks involved during treatment are extremely low and the treatments are usually very well tolerated. Acupuncture works by improving the status of your health by moving it in a positive direction. Many autoimmune or idiopathic conditions which fail to benefit from the therapies of Traditional Western Medicine will respond favorably to Chinese medicine treatments.
A Case Study from Dr. Ritchie’s Files:
A woman came in for treatment of an eyelid infection. She had been treated with antibiotics, but the irritated eye remained uncomfortable. Her acupuncture treatment addressed two separate aspects of her problem. The first part focused on decreasing her eye irritation. The second part determined the underlying health imbalances which made her susceptible to developing an eye infection.
After a twenty-minute acupuncture treatment, the pain in her right eye had diminished. During the treatment, she said she felt a click in her sinuses, followed by a large amount of phlegm draining into the back of her throat.
Later the same afternoon, she was stunned to realize she could hear out of her right ear. During her pretreatment interview, she forgot to mention a loss of hearing as one of her past medical problems. Seven years previously, a shotgun had accidentally discharged near her right ear. Hearing tests concluded that the gunshot had caused permanent damage to her hearing.
Two years later, with follow-up treatments about every six weeks, her hearing remained normal.
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You don’t need to suffer with neurological disorders any longer. If you’d like to find out more about treatment that really works or how Sedona Synergy Medicine can help you with your specific health issues, call Dr. Ritchie for a free local or remote phone consultation today.
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