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WSV18-0280
SVA INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE
HOW I TREAT SEIZURES WITH ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL MEDICINE
R. Koh1
1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, USA
2Veterinary Medical Center, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, USA
I. Introduction
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a seizure is
called Choufeng and epilepsy is called Xian Zheng. There are Yin and Yang seizures. Yin seizures are rarely connected with epilepsy. Yang seizures are clenched and spastic. The earliest literature on seizure and epilepsy can be found in Su Wen published during the 3rd Century BC. Both seizures and epilepsy belong
to “Internal Wind Syndromes”. The metaphor implies
the movements one sees when wind rattles leaves on trees, causing them to shake erratically and involuntarily. These motions exhibited by leaves in a strong breeze resemble the people experiencing seizures. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) shares the similar philosophy and theory of epilepsy in human TCVM.
From the TCVM Medical perspective, etiologies of internal wind invasion involve six patterns (3 Excess and 3 Deficiency) that can result in seizures in both animals and man. The 3 Excess patterns include, Obstruction by WindPhlegm, Internal Profusion of PhlegmFire, and Blood Stagnation. The 3 Deficiency patterns are Liver Blood Deficiency, Kidney/Liver Yin Deficiency, and Kidney Jing Deficiency. Although they can be some overlap and combination of patterns, generally a patient will have a dominant pattern.
II. General TCVM Treatment For Seizures
a) General acupoints for seizures and its functions:
· Extinguish Wind: GB-20, Da-feng-men, CV-15, PC-5
· Liver points: BL-18/19, LIV-3
· Nourish Blood: BL-17, SP-10
· Transform Phlegm: ST-40
· Calm the Shen: GV-17/20/21, PC-6, HT-7, An shen, Nao-shu
· Special points: GV-1
· During seizures: GV-26, Nao-shu, HT-7
b) Basic Chinese herbs for seizures:
· Gastrodia (Tian Ma), Uncaria (Gou Teng), Concha Ostrea (Mu Li), Magarita (Zhen Zhu), Cornu Antelopis (Ling Yang Jiao), Lumbricus (Di Long), Buthus Martenzi (Quan Xie), Acorus (Shi Chang Pu), Bombyx (Jiang Can), Cicada (Chan Tui), Typhonium (Bai Fu Zi)
43RD WORLD SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION CONGRESS AND 9TH FASAVA CONGRESS
25-28 September, 2018 | Singapore
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