The Treatment of Senile Tremors with Tradititional East Asian Medicine
Chief Complaint: Senile Tremor
by Fei Xiao, TCMD, L.Ac.
Amy, 74 year-old, paid her first visit on March 20, 2000, complained of shaking of both arms and hands.
She noticed shaking of hands one year ago, which has been progressing slowly. Her head started shaking six months ago. The shaking is usually aggravated by stress and emotional disturbance. She also has frequent urination, particularly at night. In average, she got up 3-4 times a night. She is slightly constipated. Other symptoms include lower back pain and fatigue.
Her tongue was purple with lots of small cracks.
She was diagnosed Shaking Syndrome (zhenchan), which was caused by stirring of the liver wind due to yin deficiency, accompanied by blood stagnation. From a Western medicine perspective, her diagnosis is senile tremor.
She was treated with body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and herbs.
For body acupuncture treatment, points selected were
LV3 (Taichong), punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 1.0 cun
KI3 (Taixi). Punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 0.8 cun
KI1 (Rongquan), punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to depth of 0.5 cun
LI4 (Hegu), punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth ofÂ 0.8 cun
GB20 (Fengchi), punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 1.2 cun
DU16 (Fengfu), punctured perpendicularly with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 1.0 cun
DU20 (Baihui), punctured transversely with a 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 1.0 cun
ST9 (Renying), punctured perpendicularly with 1.0 cun needle to a depth of 1.0 cun
Treatment was administrated twice a week for successive 40 weeks.
For scalp acupuncture, points selected were
Chorea Area (both side), punctured transversely with 1.0 needlesÂ from both ends andÂ stimulated with electric stimulator forÂ 30 minutes.
Treatment was given twice a week.
Herbal Prescription: Patent medicine Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Flavor Pill) was administrated
Shui Di Huang
Shan Yu Rou
Three capsules each time, three times a day.
After one month treatment, eight sessions of body and scalp acupuncture, her tremor was relieved greatly. Then treatment of acupuncture was given once a week and she continued the herbs at the same dosage.Â Her condition has remained very stable.
Yufang Xue, TCMD, Ph.D.
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