The importance of posterior auricular pain in Bell’s palsy diagnosis and treatment

Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy

Chinese Medicine in general and acupuncture in particular, are known for their ability to assist with the recovery from the facial nerve paralysis known as Bell’s palsy, and with good success rates at that.

According to the relevant literature from China or in western countries on the use of acupuncture for this palsy, the emphasizes is on the use of local acupuncture points on the face.

In the acupuncture departments of hospitals in China, those suffering from this disorder are given a treatment which is mostly localized in the face region, in combination with some general distal points that are suitable for the condition.

Dr. Wang presents a unique approach, combining his understanding of channel theory with western medicine anatomy and knowledge. This approach significantly improves the success rate of the treatment as well as the speed of recovery.

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Channel palpation and the different types of findings

Dr. Wang palpating a patient, 2011 Beijing, China.

This article is based on my notes, which were written in between 2011-2012 while studying with the late Prof. Wang Ju-Yi [王居易 1937-2017] in his Applied Channel Theory Research Center in Beijing, China.

Dr. Wang has had a unique diagnostic and clinical applications regarding the application of the medical theory of acupuncture channels of Chinese medicine and especially the application of the diagnostic method of channel palpation.

The following article will be focus on the different types of findings you can ‘feel’ or ‘find’ while you place your thumb and go along the pathway of the channels.

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With One’s Hand on One’s Heart: The Emperor and Heart’s envoy Channels

Dr. Wang Ju-Yi [王居易] October, 2013

The writing of this article is inspired by the late Prof. Wang Ju-Yi [王居易 1937-2017] clinical experience and thoughts about classical channel theory.

Dr. Wang has had a unique diagnostic and clinical applications regarding the application of the medical theory of acupuncture channels of Chinese medicine.

In this article, the clinical application’s differences between the the Emperor and Heart’s envoy channels will be discussed.

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The character 里 [lǐ], ST36 acupoint and the three lǐ point-pair

ST36- LI10- RN11 The Three Lee

ST36 is perhaps the most commonly used and known acupuncture point in acupuncture treatment.

As acupuncturist we know that this point can be used for many types of diseases and disorders; when there is repletion pattern the point can drain (for example clear heat from the yang ming channel), when there is vacuity pattern, the point can supplement (especially with moxa).

So why this point can do some many things? First let’s understand what the point name is telling us.

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The use of the great tai yin channel’s He-Uniting points

LU5-SP9 to regulate the tai yin channel

In the period between August 2011 and July 2012 I lived in Beijing and studied with Professor Wang Ju-Yi [王居易].

In Prof. Wang Ju-Yi’s wonderful book, “Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine: Wang Ju-Yi’s Lectures on Channel Therapeutics” (written by Jason Robertson) the point pair SP9-LU5 is greatly emphasized.

In reality, during my clinical internship under Dr. Wang’s tutelage, the number of times I observed this point-pair applied exceeded all my expectations, as it was used extensively for a wide variety of medical conditions.

In the following article I will summarize the different clinical uses and applications of SP9-LU5.

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