Peripheral Neuropathy And Acupuncture Treatment: Causes, Symptoms
Causes Of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy SymptomsClinical picture of peripheral neuropathy consists of sensory, motor, and autonomic disturbances. Sensory nerves receive the sensation of pain, heat, touch etc. Motor nerves control movement of muscles and autonomic nerves control blood pressure, heart rate, bladder function etc.
Sensory symptoms include: pain, burning and light band like sensation. Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch seems to be painful.
Motor symptoms include: muscle cramps, muscle weakness, wasting, tremor, and fasciculation etc.
Autonomic symptoms include: fainting spells, reduced or excess sweating, sexual dysfunction, anorexia, nausea indicates gastroparesis.
Acupuncture Treatment For Peripheral NeuropathyThere are several conventional medicines to treat peripheral neuropathy. This may include prescription medications such as antidepressants, anti epileptics, etc. Acupuncture is an alternative and effective therapy for improvement in nerve conduction in patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. In this therapy, fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians).
The system has originated in china. It is used to alleviate pain and it can also increase the immune response by balancing the flow of vital life throughout the body. By an estimate, at least 50 to 60 % of patients with chronic pain receive temporary relief when treated with acupuncture. While some patients experience long term relief as well.
Though there is a debate of its effectiveness among scientific fraternity beyond that of a placebo, it should not matter whether the effects are physical or merely psychological as long as the patient feels better. Acupuncture treatment should be continued for weeks and months for better results. The time interval also depends on severity of the symptoms.
Needles are inserted at specific points on the surface of body on both sides, in peripheral neuropathy. The points are located on hands or on the feet. It also depends which area has become numb.