The Brain is the most important organ, acting as a control centre. The Brain was one of the important internal organs in Chinese Medicine aspects from two thousand year ago.
The function of Brain could be summary as: To dominate the life; the centre of physical activities and to govern the mental activities.
The brain related diseases can be summary as mental illness, neurological conditions and other related diseases. The commonly conditions often seeking for acupuncture help are depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, epilepsy, schizophrenia, addiction, autism; stroke, headache and vertigo, Alzheimer ‘s, Parkinson’s, migraine, shock, convulsions, brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy (CP), myasthenia gravis, Multiple sclerosis (MS); Some types of obesity, infertility, male and gynaecological diseases, some skin problems.
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W, a 31-year-old male with two daughters, suffered from a severe brainstem haemorrhage and was sent to the E&A of Queens Hospital (QH) on 1st Nov 2013. After five weeks rescue and health care in the ICU, he survived but was completely unconscious and had a tracheotomy. The Hospital had no further intervention and just waiting.
His wife, with a new baby of 3 weeks, and cousin searched the internet and found that acupuncture might help him and contacted local acupuncturist. Finally, they found me through another local acupuncturist. After a verbal permission from the hospital, I consulted the ICU staff, and examined him and then decided to help him. With the written permission of the family and hospital, Dr. Wang, based on his clinical experience of more than 20 years in China and the west, started the acupuncture treatment from 17th Dec 2013 with his special techniques and skills. I treated him every other day in the Neuro-intensive Care Ward of the QH and the patient made an impressive improvement after 14 sessions of treatments, he waked up. This improvement was also evidenced by the coma from severe to moderate, muscle strength from zero to 3/4 out of 5, could response to calling, etc. All the people involved such as the hospital staff, the family members, are absolutely surprised and happy with the improvement.
It is believed that it could be the first case in the UK, that such a severe brainstem haemorrhage in its earlier sub acute stage and achieved a rapid success in a national public hospital has been treated by acupuncture. The experiences of this successful case could be beneficial not only W and his family but more hopefully benefit for public health in the future if studied and popularised.