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Chinese Medical Neurology

Historically, traditional Oriental medicine did not have a distinct concept of the nervous system as found in Western biomedicine.  Instead, three different Oriental disease processes were used to explain nervous system disorders.

Internal Wind Syndrome

In Oriental medicine severe dizziness, vertigo, numbness, tremors, tics, convulsions and seizures are attributed to internal wind.  Internal wind describes a cluster of symptoms that closely parallel neural pathology in Western medicine.   According to Eastern medical theory, internal wind symptoms can be the result of insufficient body fluid/blood or excessive heat (inflammation) in the body, in particular the Liver system.  Therefore treatment of internal wind symptoms requires either replenishing fluid/blood or eliminating excessive heat.  Herbs such as Gou Teng and Ci Ji Li, with known ability to Pacify the Liver, Extinguish Wind and Arrest Tremor are commonly used as a part of a sophisticated formulation made up of 10-15 individual herbs.


             鉤藤 Gou Teng (Ramulus cum uncis Uncariae)                                          刺蒺藜 Ci Ji Li (Fructus Tribuli)

Wei Syndrome

Wei is translated as withered.  Withering or Wei syndrome is the result of losing muscle bulk, leading to flaccidity and paralysis.  The oldest classical Chinese medicine text (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine) advises doctors to “Treat Withering syndromes by focusing on the Bright Yang”.  Acupuncturist and herbalist have different interpretation of Bright Yang.  Acupuncturists understand the Bright Yang as the Stomach meridian on the leg and the Large Intestine meridian on the arm.  These meridians are rich in Qi-energy and Blood, therefore needling the Stomach and Large Intestine meridians are able to improve the circulation of Qi and Blood in order to nourish the withering muscles on the limbs.


                      Large Intestine Meridian Pathway                                                    Stomach Meridian Pathway

Herbalists understand Bright Yang as the digestive system which corresponds directly to the muscular system according to Oriental physiology.  Herbalist tend to target the digestive system to provide nourishment to the withering muscles.

Governing Vessel

The Governing Vessel begins from the tip of the tailbone, up the center of the back and neck then around the top of the head.  The Governing Vessel communicates directly with the brain by passing through the brain at the base of the skull and at the apex of the skull.  Its pathway closely resembles the brain and the spinal cord, or the central nervous system in Western medicine.  Many of the acupuncture points on the Governing Vessel are known to regulate the pituitary and adrenal hormones, as well as the sympathetic nervous system.  The acupuncture treatment of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease almost always involve needling points on this vessel.


                    Governing Vessel Pathway



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