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    Acupuncture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Acupuncture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Alien Sheng
    April 29, 2007
    Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious. Acupuncture for a spinal cord injury can bring relief to chronic pain and improve your quality of life.

    Acupuncture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Among the most devastating types of traumatic injuries is injury to the spinal cord. The major problem with spinal cord injury is the inability of the nerve cells to regenerate. It is thought that the cells do not regenerate for a couple of reasons. The network of nerve connections between the brain and the body is a complex network. If new cells and branches began to grow after injuries, there would be no telling what would be connected to what anymore. The other reason is there is a limited amount of room in the spinal column and growth of cells would be impossible. Since the cells do not grow, once the spinal cord is damaged or severed, the condition is permanent.

    Acupuncture and spinal cord injury are an ideal therapeutic match. It is important to understand that Traditional Chinese Medicine is not a form of magic. The scientific facts about spinal cord regeneration do not change and acupuncture can not do what is impossible. What it can do is to bring improvements in the quality of life to the patient who has suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

    more:
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    I am sorry but this article is a lot of handwaving and is singularly lacking in facts. The reasons that the article gives for the spinal cord cannot regenerate are *wrong*, just made up reasons. The reasons that the spinal cord does not regenerate has nothing to do with the reasons given and nothing to do with having not even room to grow. That is nonsense.

    Wise.

    Quote Originally Posted by manouli
    Acupuncture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Alien Sheng
    April 29, 2007
    Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious. Acupuncture for a spinal cord injury can bring relief to chronic pain and improve your quality of life.

    Acupuncture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Among the most devastating types of traumatic injuries is injury to the spinal cord. The major problem with spinal cord injury is the inability of the nerve cells to regenerate. It is thought that the cells do not regenerate for a couple of reasons. The network of nerve connections between the brain and the body is a complex network. If new cells and branches began to grow after injuries, there would be no telling what would be connected to what anymore. The other reason is there is a limited amount of room in the spinal column and growth of cells would be impossible. Since the cells do not grow, once the spinal cord is damaged or severed, the condition is permanent.

    Acupuncture and spinal cord injury are an ideal therapeutic match. It is important to understand that Traditional Chinese Medicine is not a form of magic. The scientific facts about spinal cord regeneration do not change and acupuncture can not do what is impossible. What it can do is to bring improvements in the quality of life to the patient who has suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

    more:
    http://www.americanchronicle.com/art...rticleID=25615

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    I am sorry but this article is a lot of handwaving and is singularly lacking in facts. The reasons that the article gives for the spinal cord cannot regenerate are *wrong*, just made up reasons. The reasons that the spinal cord does not regenerate has nothing to do with the reasons given and nothing to do with having not even room to grow. That is nonsense.

    Wise.
    Thank you Dr. Young for clarify this article. Everyone becomes an expert.
    I saw my family doctor last friday and he told me that good news are coming soon for spinal cord injury people and I believe him.
    manouli.

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    This is full of bull.
    The only part of these claims that we with SCI dogs have found as true is HELPING with muscle spasms..somewhat.

    People read these types of articles and believe them and it's dangerous for man and animal.

    We have reports of many dog owners trying to treat IVDD using holistic medicines.
    When the symptoms appear they are often vague..vague for a short while and the acupuncture then is given and within say a day or two the symptoms are severe.

    YET back to the acupuncturist. Not even a myelogram or any lab tests done..just the needles. Another day and the poor dog is downed..completely and has lost his bladder and bowel function and the owners are running to their vets looking for promises and solutions.

    So many are then not candidates for decompression surgery and candidates for PTS OR a life in a wheelchair.

    Acupuncture does have it's place but not in the acute stage of spinal cord compression. It isn't enough. It doesn't stop the progress of the paralysis.

    It doesn't work quickly enough to halt inflammation of a degenerating disc either. And the acupuncturists don't usually use MP or any type of proven anti-inflammatory. THUS even if the disc doesn't extrude onto the cord..the dogs suffer with the pain of an inflammed disc when they don't have to.
    Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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    I missed where this article mentions dogs, but a few parts ot the article struck me as odd or offensive.

    There have been some reports of treatments in Europe using laser acupuncture to treat spinal cord injuries. Some of them claim to have restored function where that would have been considered impossible through the use of lasers and acupuncture in a sort of combined alternative medicine approach. A complete evaluation of these reports was reported as not being possible due to the fact that the subjects spoke a foreign language.
    So, speaking a foreign language precludes scientific evaluation?
    Daniel

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