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Acupuncture For Nerve Regeneration
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Is bovine collagen a viable nerve regeneration option for nerve damage due to wisdom tooth extraction? Heard incredible things about it.
Never heard as such : Bovine collagen has been used for many years in conjunction with bone graft to cover the grafted site, or as a bone substitute in areas that bone fill is desired. I have never heard of any potential, nor capability for nerve regeneration. Please double check with your surgeon... You might be misunderstood. Othrwise this is a dangerous, non-science based claim. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, but because installing it involves the risk, pain and expense of major surgery, it is not often used. Less drastic interventions such as routine meds, augmentation meds, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and tcm (transcranial magnetic stimulation) would be used first, ordinarily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How good is surgical perpherial nerve reattachment after a nerve been severed to retore function and feeling?
Hit and miss: May work well, but nerve has to regrow and hopefully re-innervate correctly within the proper sequence and location. This process proceeds slowly, at 0.1 mm daily, speed of finger nail growth. Sometimes, focal scarring at site of attachment, a neuroma, can compromise outcome. ...Read more
No Evidence: Sphenopalatine block is indicated in the treatment of acute or chronic head or facial pain. Fibromyalgya is a generalized pain syndrome, with associated affective disorder. This does not deny the possibility of the placebo effect, present in all forms of therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've been diagnosed with lingual nerve injury, likely the result of inferior aveolar nerve block for root canal. Is there a pain management rx?
Can Growth Hormone therapy aid in recovering from sustained neuropathy? Or mild nerve damage?. Expert opinions only please.
Yes: Nerve and other kinds of pain may benefit from acupuncture. Results can sometimes be very impressive. But this art as well as science, depending on patient characteristics, underlying problem, diagnostic skills, needle techniques. Some people do not benefit at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?
VNS candidates: must be at least 12 years old (in the US) and have seizures that are known to respond to VNS ( eg. focal seizures, secondarily generalized seizures ) and have failed to achieve adequate seizure control with at least two anticonvulsants (with documented therapeutic levels) or a combination of medications. Typically they are not good epilepsy surgery candidates. In my practice: about 1/3 patients. ...Read more
Which nerves ?: Most of the time will not be any nerve damage . If there is a degeneration due to any cause central nerves like optic (eye ), auditory (hearing ) olfactory ( smell ) will never regenerate but peripheral nerves ( myelanated ) will regenerate at the rate of 1 mm in every couple of days . ...Read more
Fibromyalgia: Worthless. It provides only limited temporary relief. The treatment is to control depression and stress. Proper sleep habits. The correct medication for you. And aerobic exercise. There are specific recommendations from the american college of rheumatology and eular that have been investigated and shown to work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uncontrolled sz: Those with uncontrolled partial epilepsy should be evaluated for resective epilepsy. If not a candidate, those with uncontrolled seizures may consider vagus nerve stimulation (vns). Vns should be thought of as another anti seizure medication (aed). It rarely eliminates the need to take aeds. It is palliative, not curative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of its use. There are many medication options and combinations these days as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (less invasive) and electroconvulsive therapy (still an effective treatment). ...Read more
Would lyrica (pregabalin) be a good choice for radiculopathy pain caused by nerve root compression in lumbar even if gabapentin and cymbalta failed to work?
Improved symptoms.: I will speak only for acupuncture. Acupuncture will not un-trap the nerve. However, it can improve circulation of blood, movement of lymph, neural activity & balance of chi in the areas surrounding & impacted by the nerve. It can markedly reduce inflammation of that tissue. Neurologists request acupuncture for a # of people i see for this reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
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