Acupuncture for
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS, Lou Gehrig disease)

Scalp Acupuncture can help stabilizing ALS.

I assume that you found this website because either you (or maybe even worse) a loved one is suffering from Lou Gehrig and you are probably desperate to hear some good news finally, because you’re tired (and scared) of having been hearing the usual (western medical) answers over and over again stating that there is no cure, only…

…maintenance, assistance, management.

True, this is a chronic, progressive, irreversible neurological condition but the reason I am writing this information is to show you that Chinese Medicine, particularly a combination of special acupuncture techniques with scalp acupuncture, can help to prevent further decline, and yes, it may even improve and regenerate lost neurological function. (to the greatest appall and disbelief of western neurologist and denial of pharmaceutical companies)

So let me declare that yes, I have been able to help lots of patients with closed traumatic brain injuries, stroke, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, and many other central nervous system disorders where modern neurology couldn’t solve the problem despite the zillions of prescribed psychoactive drugs. Applying scalp acupuncture techniques with peripheral approaches, at our clinic 70 percent of the patients instantly, let me repeat this, at the very first visit, instantly improved of their central nervous condition at least 60-80 percent, pain, if any, is usually completely gone at the very first visit.

So how exactly acupuncture works for ALS?

Needles over the motor gyrus

First of all neurons are able to regenerate, connections can be re-built, and this process can be augmented by scalp acupuncture. If function is completely gone, and neurons are lost, still okay, other areas and collaterals will take over.

Important to note that western etiological and pathological theories namely the neurotrophic factor theory, neurotransmitter theories, antioxidant theories are irrelevant when one applies acupuncture to treat ALS, because the location of the damage, the symptoms and the severity of the lost function guides the therapy.

So what acupuncture techniques are applied?

  • Ear Acupuncture
  • This is basic and always applied. We scan the ear for active points and treat them usually with injectable, permeable needles staying in for many days achieving healing effect even during between office visits. Usually masterpoints affecting the cortex, neuro, - and neuroendocrine axis are needled with extremity locations on the ear.

  • Scalp Acupuncture
  • Depending on the neurological dysfunction, the corresponding scalp representations, zones, and areas are needled. (The Foot Motor Sensory Area and the corresponding motor areas are always needled) The inserted needles are stimulated manually or electrically.

  • Peripheral Local Extremity Points
  • Local extremity points are chosen governed by the location of the lesion or paralysis and stimulated with electric current. Better results are achieved if the therapy started early at the time of the onset of weakness.

  • Body Meridian Points
  • Meridians nourishing the spleen are usually tonified as the spleen distributes Qi to the muscles.

  • Spinal Acupuncture
  • According to Chinese Traditional Medical Pathology, free flow of Qi throughout the spinal cord’s acupuncture governing vessels is imperative to distribute energy and nourish the muscles in the limbs. If this energy channel becomes blocked it will result in amyotrophy in the spine and because the neuro-muscular junction communication declines subsequently results in muscular atrophy in the extremities. Consequently, special spinal and paraspinal needling at certain vertebra levels are essential to maintain and improve muscle strength.

  • Summary
  • Although complications due to immobility and ultimately breathing problems cause the death in Lou Gehrig Disease in about 3-5 years, application of the above described acupuncture techniques with a practitioner who is familiar with these techniques and also trained in scalp acupuncture can be invaluable (and life saving) maintaining longer remission periods. Even improvements can be achieved depending on the seriousness and advance of the particular case.

    This very useful non-invasive treatment modality applied regularly definitely enables the affected patients to perform their daily activities at their best potentials to prolong the onset of otherwise inevitable decline.


    FAQ

    Question: If this is such a promising treatment modality why my neurologist never told me about it?

    Answer: S/he does not know about it. Western (allopathic) medical doctors are not trained in alternative medical principles. I need to mention that even general licensed acupuncturists, not particularly interested in neurological disorders and/or not trained in scalp acupuncture, are usually don’t treat ALS.

    Question: How many treatments do I need?

    Answer: It really depends on your condition. In general, originally more frequent treatments might be needed, later weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly maintenance can be sufficient.

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