Polio and Auricular Acupuncture

| August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments | 413 views

  In the U.S. alone there are approximately 75,000 post-polio patients. Most physicians today have not seen acute poliomyelitis in their practices because polio was an epidemic in the 1950s and polio’s presence in the modern world is almost nonexistent. Currently a new variant, called post-polio syndrome (PPS) is present in about 25% of the polio population.

  Post-polio syndrome is a constellation of symptoms that develop about 20 to 25 years after acute onset of polio in survivors. It is characterized by unaccustomed fatigue, joint and muscle pain, muscle weakness, loss of muscle use, respiratory problems, depression, and other criteria.

  In a PPS ear study, points employed were Shenmen, Upper Cervical Vertebrae, Occiput (Atlas), Brain, Lumbar Vertebrae, Sympathetic Ganglion, Vagus Nerve, Diaphragm (point O), Ipsilateral (same side) Lung, Heart, plus additional local points. Using bilateral electrical stimulation, good to excellent results were obtained, with 66.7% of participants reporting a return to preexisting levels of health. According to F. Doubler,17 this study appears to be the first effective, permanent, relatively simple, and inexpensive form of therapy for the treatment of post-polio syndrome.

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