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Epilepsy and Acupuncture Treatment



Epilepsy is one of the conditions for which acupuncture is indicated, with a reported effectiveness rate of over 92%. Acupuncture has been observed to significantly control the symptoms of epileptic seizures, effectively improve electroencephalogram (EEG) readings, noticeably shorten seizure duration, and reduce the frequency of attacks, making it a viable treatment method.


Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with body, scalp, or auricular (ear) acupuncture. Besides needling, moxibustion can also be applied to tender or tense reflex points along the midline of the back (the Governing Vessel) and nearby areas (Bladder Meridian).


There have been many successful reports of treating epilepsy with acupuncture, and its anti-epileptic effects have been confirmed in extensive animal experiments. These studies have delved into the mechanisms behind acupuncture's efficacy in epilepsy.


Scalp acupuncture can alleviate the symptoms of epileptic seizures, shorten the duration, reduce the severity, and extend the interictal period (the time between seizures). It also helps in improving abnormal EEG changes.


Clinically, during non-seizure periods, acupuncture should generally be mild in intensity. A method involving only a slight needle sensation but longer retention of the needles is recommended. For seizures related to menstrual cycles, intensified daily treatments are advisable before the menstrual period. Special attention should be paid to stimulating points like Sanyinjiao (SP6), Baihui (GV20) and its surrounding tender points (like Sishencong), and the Yintang point, all of which are primary points for treating epilepsy and are located in the central reflex zones of the head.

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