Can try, but unlikel. Unfortunately, the death of central (brain) nerve cells is not reversible. However other nerves can take over function of dead nerves. I am a strong believer in doing whatever modalities can be effective in returning neural function in damaged areas of the nervous system. Acupuncture has been affective in nerve disorders and anesthesia for thousands years, a lot we don't understand, but no harm.
Doubt it. I reviewed my textbooks and could not locate a protocol that was specific for bulbar palsy - however it has been used for traumatic brain injuries with success.
Bulbar palsy. I am not aware of acupuncture having any effect in treating a progressive bulbar palsy. I would recommend seeing a neurologist to assess the palsy and then to recommend treatment.
Unlikely. Acupuncture may be useful for pain, however, and could be used as palliation, but will have no effect whatsoever on progressive bulbar palsy, a variation of classical motor neuron disease.
WHO Says: The world health organization places progressive bulbar palsy under the category of “diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment.”.
Bulbar palsy. Bulbar palsy leads to various medical presentations due impaired function of cranial nerves IX, X, XI & XII.
Clarify. Pseudobulbar palsy? Or bulbar palsy? The treatments are different. Speak to your neurologist for options.
My mom was diagnosed with bulbar palsy recently. What can we expect in the future with this disease?
May be difficult. Progressive bulbar palsy implies ongoing damage of nerve cells at base of brain with resultant problems with swallowing, using tongue, possible choking and breathing issues, and perhaps eventual widespread weakness and disability. Spend some dedicated time with your doctor and get a fuller picture of treatments, prognosis, and interventions.
Not a disease itself. Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. It refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many but here are a few: acute intermittent porphyria, motor neuron disease (als), guillain barre syndome, lyme's disease, botulinism, and myastheinia gravis.
Read below. Bulbar palsy is a term for problems arising from at the bulb (medulla oblangata), the lowermost part of the brain stem or peripheral to the bulb (nerve or muscle) pseudobulbar palsy is when the same symptoms (difficulty with swallowing speech etc) are due to bilateral problems higher up in the central nervous system. The physical signs are different.
Upper motor neuron. Pseudobulbar palsy is a disorder of nerves located near the base of the brain, that connect the higher brain centers with the lower spinal cord. Most commonly affects chewing, swallowing, speech, emotional outbursts sometimes. It has multiple causes and the underlying disease will determine how progressive it is; examples are parkinson's, als, certain strokes, ms, brain trauma.
Poor mouth control. Bulbar palsy is a form of dysfunction of the mouth and face that can be associated with damage to the nerves in the brainstem. In some cases, drugs or frontal lobe brain damage will cause similar appearing symptoms with strange mouth and face movements, poor coordination of swallow and speech. These forms are referred to as pseudo bulbar palsy. Medications may help, but there is no cure.