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 WEL...
Can Acupuncture Help Epilepsy?
• Acupuncture May Reduce the
Frequency and Severity of Epileptic
Seizures
• Acupuncture May...
Research 1
• A study of 1,315
patients treated with
acupuncture along
with herbal medicine
over a two year
period, conduct...
Research 2
• One German study involved 98 people with
epilepsy over 12-18 months, 65 people
showed marked improvements wit...
Research 3
• One U.S. study of acupuncture on 5 dogs
with seizure disorder, all had decreased
numbers of seizures after be...
What is Acupuncture?
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Studies have shown acupuncture to produce
endocrine and neurological responses as well as
help...
Acupuncture Meridians
A 7-year-old female patient in the pediatric
intensive care unit with intractable
seizures for 6 weeks.
ACUPUNCTURE TREATM...
Acupuncture: 3 treatments for the first week,
then 2 times weekly for 4 weeks. Each
treatment was 10 minutes long, and
ele...
Before Acupuncture: EEG showed periods of burst
suppression alternating with periods of continuous
seizure activity.
After...
Seizure is viewed in Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM):
1. One of the four major disorders affecting
children
2. The firs...
Recent Development
• Complementary and Alternative
Therapies for Epilepsy were the topic
of a recent three-day course at N...
Seminar Continued
“There are many approaches to
complementary and alternative
therapies and that many patients
[with epile...
Seminar Continued
“Alternative therapies can
include …. aromatherapy to
yoga, hypnosis to massage
therapy, pet therapy to
...
Massage Therapy
Meditation
Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese Herbs
• Gastrodia
– Anticonvulsive effects
– Raises Seizure
Threshold and inhibits
development of
epil...
Current Research on Herbal
Medicine
• Dr. Steven Schachter, Professor of
Neurology at Harvard Medical School
(HMS), and As...
Dr. Steven
“The main goal of the study is to
scientifically study herbs and combinations
of herbs that have traditionally ...
International Collaboration
• China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Beijing, China
• Chinese University of Hong K...
The Future Model for Epilepsy
• An Integrative Approach
–Lifestyle Management
–Meditation/Stress Management
–Dietary Thera...
Our Contact Info
1131 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-917-2200
Info@taoofwellness.com
Taoofwellness.com
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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Can Acupuncture Help Epilepsy? • Acupuncture May Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Epileptic Seizures • Acupuncture May Decrease Post- Seizure Symptoms • Acupuncture May Also Reduce Side- Effects of Anti-Seizure Medications
  3. 3. Research 1 • A study of 1,315 patients treated with acupuncture along with herbal medicine over a two year period, conducted by Fushan Epilepsy Hospital in China, as published by its director, Dr. Shoyin Wei • Results: • 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.
  4. 4. Research 2 • One German study involved 98 people with epilepsy over 12-18 months, 65 people showed marked improvements with an absence of seizures during a one-year period without drugs. Afterwards, patients received acupuncture maintenance treatments once a week over 2-3 months. Relapses occurred in 5 cases. • Epilepsia, May/June 1991, pp. 289-302. 2. Fisher, M.V., "Acupuncture Therapy in the Outpatient Department of the Heidelberg University Clinic." Anaesthetist. 31(1):25-32, 1982.
  5. 5. Research 3 • One U.S. study of acupuncture on 5 dogs with seizure disorder, all had decreased numbers of seizures after being treated with acupuncture. Three continued to have fewer seizures with lower levels of anticonvulsants; the other two dogs also had a reduction in seizures. 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.
  6. 6. What is Acupuncture?
  7. 7. How Does Acupuncture Work? Studies have shown acupuncture to produce endocrine and neurological responses as well as helpful in counteracting the effects of stress fMRI study of P6 at Harvard Medical School showed direct hypothalamus activities fMRI study of G37 at UCI showed direct visual cortex activities Studies show acupuncture increases cholecystokinin level in the central nervous system--a deficiency of which can cause seizure
  8. 8. Acupuncture Meridians
  9. 9. 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, Case Study
  10. 10. 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. Treatment
  11. 11. 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. Outcome
  12. 12. 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 Discussion
  13. 13. Recent Development • Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy were the topic of a recent three-day course at New York University School of Medicine in New York City
  14. 14. Seminar Continued “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
  15. 15. Seminar Continued “Alternative therapies can include …. aromatherapy to yoga, hypnosis to massage therapy, pet therapy to magnetic stimulation, or acupuncture to herbs.”
  16. 16. Massage Therapy
  17. 17. Meditation
  18. 18. Herbal Medicine
  19. 19. Traditional Chinese Herbs • Gastrodia – Anticonvulsive effects – Raises Seizure Threshold and inhibits development of epilpsy signs on EEG – Duration of effect in stopping seizure after halting treatment is longer than phenobarbital • Uncaria – Anticonvulsive effects – Stopped seizure in induced epilepticus in guinea pigs – Regulates blood pressure – Calming effect
  20. 20. Current Research on Herbal Medicine • Dr. Steven Schachter, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Associate Director of Clinical Research at the HMS Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, recently received a research grant from The Epilepsy Project to lead a study on East Asian herbs as a potential source of new anti-seizure medications.
  21. 21. Dr. Steven “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
  22. 22. International Collaboration • China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong • Keio University, Japan. • Harvard Medical School Division for Research and Education in Complementary & Integrative Medical Therapies (David Eisenberg, M.D., Steve Schachter, M.D.) • Ban B. Wong, M.S., L.Ac., Tao of Wellness, U.S.
  23. 23. The Future Model for Epilepsy • An Integrative Approach –Lifestyle Management –Meditation/Stress Management –Dietary Therapy –Massage Therapy –Herbal Therapy –Acupuncture –Drug Therapy –Surgery
  24. 24. Our Contact Info 1131 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 300 Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-917-2200 Info@taoofwellness.com Taoofwellness.com

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