Peripheral neuropathy (also known as “peripheral neuritis” or simply “neuropathy”) is weakness, numbness, or pain related to damage to the nerves. It is called “peripheral neuropathy” because it involves the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), the nerves traveling through your hands, feet, and other extremites of your body. Sensations range from tingling to burning, and may be worse at night, making it impossible to sleep, or during the day, making it difficult to walk.
Using conventional medicine alone, there is no cure for neuropathy. Current pharmaceutical medications can lessen the pain, but cannot reverse damage nor stop the disorder from spreading and progressing.
Using integrative medicine, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate the pain immediately, reverse damage and shrink the area affected, and stop it from spreading and progressing.
Note: While “Restless Leg Syndrome” is considered a separate phenomenon in conventional medicine, integrative medicine understands it to be similar to neuropathy, and can treat and reverse it just as effectively.
Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Like peripheral neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia are nerve disorders related to malfunctioning or damaged nerves. Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia involve the nerves of the face instead of the hands and feet. In both conditions, typically only up to half of the face is typically affected. The primary difference between Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia is that Bell’s Palsy involves paralysis more than pain, and the opposite is true in Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Like with neuropathy, there is no cure for Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia. But there is a potential for full recovery in both conditions with integrative medicine. Constitutional Facial Acupuncture and integrative therapies such as cupping are highly effective for restoring proper facial nerve impulse conduction and muscle movement, and eliminating pain.
Stroke and CNS Paralysis
Stroke is considered to be more of a blood vessel failure than a neurological event. But, after stroke, there can be significant damage to the nervous system, and paralysis. Stroke involves the Central Nervous System (CNS), which includes the brain. Other accidents, such as severe back injury, can also cause paralysis, numbness, tingling, and pain due to damage to the other half of the CNS, the spinal cord.
In stroke-related and other Central Nervous System injury, it is imperative to get integrative medicine – specifically acupuncture – as soon as possible. The best recoveries are most quickly obtained in patients that receive acupuncture within 48 hours of the event. As more time passes, it the longer it takes to get desired results. But there is always hope. It is possible to get great results even 2 years after paralysis or the onset of damage.
What treatments are helpful?
At Chiyu Center, we’ve found that many of our treatments are both immediately and then fully effective for stopping pain, tingling, numbness, burning, and other neurological pain. Properly integrated, our therapies can heal and reverse damage to the nerves, stop progression of the disorder, and prevent further damage.
Your treatment plan for nervous system restoration may include:
- Usui Reiki
- Acupuncture & Electro-Acupuncture
- Chinese herbal medicine
- Dietary Therapy & Nutritional Supplements
- Cupping and Guasha
How soon will I feel better?
Most patients feel at least partial pain and other nerve-symptom relief immediately during their very first acupuncture treatment. Some patients are astonished to suddenly feel sensations in areas that had been numb for years. There is no age limit for experiencing full recovery. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances are for fullest recovery.
Your plan will be specific to you and your unique condition. Acupuncture and other therapies work together synergistically. You do not have to use all recommended therapies. Your treatment plan is always up to you. If your condition is unresponsive to acupuncture alone, though, additional therapies will be more strongly recommended. The effects of treatment will be cumulative, and for many people, full effects will be achieved after 10 treatments.
Will my first appointment be a consult or treatment?
For neuropathy and other nerve conditions, you will be invited to first book an Integrative Health Analysis (IHA). This will allow us to draw a full picture of factors influencing your health and contributing to your neuropathy, so that we can design a plan that will be streamlined and most effective for you. This will save you significant time and money!
If you live far from Longmont, Colorado and the surrounding areas, your IHA can be a virtual consultation. You are welcome to take our plan to see local integrative medicine providers near you, to aid them in treating you. You are also welcome to fly or drive in to see us.
How soon can you see me?
If you are looking to start care, the best way to get a priority appointment is to fill out an appointment request. If that is not possible, it is recommended to call 720.593.1593. Please allow us 24 hours on business days to respond to all requests for care.