Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nervous system, the vehicle that allows communication from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body (arms, legs and face). Many different conditions are associated with Peripheral Neuropathy, such as Diabetes, and treatments for Cancer, HIV, etc.
The Common Link in Most Pain Conditions? A Lack of Oxygen!
What Happens To Nerves When Deprived of Oxygen?
How Are Oxygen and Nutrients Transmitted throughout the body? Our Amazing, but Vulnerable Circulatory System
What Hinders Flow of Blood in our Circulatory System?
Chronic Pain and Nerve Damage
Factors leading to Diabetes
Trauma, Repetitive Strain
Inflammation in Myo-Fascial Tissue
Taut Muscle bands &/or Trigger Points
Stress and Tension
Weak Organ Function
Western Medical Treatments for the Chronic Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy
Medications for Pain Relief Provide Only Temporary Relief
Do not retrain the brain to heal the body
Do you want a treatment protocol that can retrain your brain to heal your body by itself?
Natural Tools to Maximally Improve Blood and Oxygen Circulation: Each part of a Comprehensive Peripheral Neuropathy Protocol
Acupuncture to vasodilate peripheral body parts currently deficient in vital blood supply
Chinese Herbs in the form of carefully balanced formulas that remove stagnation of fluids, clear biofilms, disperse stagnant gases in the body, and disperse blood stagnation
Crucial Supplements at therapeutic and safe dosages, that reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, improve insulin sensitivity, and counter anti-oxidant damage to nerves
Well balanced and alkaline Diet to complement the effects of each tool in the protocol
Stress Management Techniques like Meditation to counter the negative consequences of stress on blood circulation
How Can You Know that Acupuncture Works? Scientific research supports it!
1) Meta-Analysis of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
Vickers et al. (2012). Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine. 172(19): 1444–1453. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654
2) Meta-Analysis of Acupuncture for Peripheral Neuropathy
Dimitrova A., Murchison C, Oken B. (2017). Acupuncture for the Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 23(3), 164-179. doi: 10.1089/acm2016.01555
The majority of 13 Randomized Clinical Trials for Peripheral Neuropathy showed benefit for acupuncture over control in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, Bell’s palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Researchers deemed Acupuncture “probably effective” in the treatment of HIV-related neuropathy.
The pooled meta-analysis of all trials studying Diabetic PN and Bell’s Palsy, when adjusting for heterogeneity, found an odds ratio of 4.23 in favor of Acupuncture over control (P < .001)
Acupuncture found helpful for PN, before, during and after Chemo: 2015 Retrospective Study in Medical Acupuncture: Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s facility at Tulsa, Oklahoma applied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style acupuncture to 10 patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. They note that “all of the patients reported or had improvement in their Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy grades after starting acupuncture.”
Stage 3 Cancer of the Colon requiring 6 months of Chemotherapy, which caused extensive nerve damage, making it very difficult to feel things and leading to sensation of cold in hands. Prescription drugs did not help uAfter only several treatments, Rick began to notice nerve sensations beginning to return. “I could now feel the gas and brake pedals in my car. The numbness in my fingers has been reduced as well!” Patient has reported a reduction in the area of his discomfort in his hands and in the coldness of his hands (from 5/6 to 2/6).
“I had only received three Acupuncture treatments for my peripheral neuropathy but had already noticed less cold in my feet, less pain and less numbness in my feet. By the 12th treatment, and after adding Dr. Jones’s footsoak herbs and recommended supplements for the neuropathy, my pain and discomfort in my feet had dropped from 5/6 to 2/6. My feeling of low energy improved from 5/6 to 2/6. The main functional limitation I faced from the neuropathy was painful feet when walking for 20 minutes or more. This limitation too decreased from 6/6 to 3/6.
Finally, as a diabetic, I have observed my blood sugar dropping to around 75, from a usual of 95 or higher, after each acupuncture treatment. I credit the stress reduction from the Acupuncture treatment for this effect.”
More Reasons To Try Acupuncture for Peripheral Neuropathy?
Great safety record and has no side effects, aside from possible transient soreness
Only medical therapy that helps reestablish communication between the brain/spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system (Exercise helps too)
You can usually tell during a treatment whether Acupuncture is working or not
Acupuncture Treatment Protocol
Non-numbness Neuropathy (pain, burning, tingling)
Easier to treat
3 treatments to know if you can help
More difficult to treat cause harder for patient to recognize change in condition
6 treatments to know if you can help
Treatment Plans Based on Response
1-2 treatments per week for 4 weeks, then 1 treatment per week or every other week for another month
3 treatments per week for 4 weeks, then 2 treatments a week for another month, then 1 treatment per week, for four weeks
Rationale for More Frequent Acupuncture Treatments Upfront and Weaning off of Treatment
We keep needling and jumping the threshold until the body REMEMBERS and RE-ESTABLISHES the normal threshold to signal the brain (Brain is being retrained!)