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A possible cure for Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)?

 by strandarcadepharmacy on 30 May 2011 |
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A possible cure for Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)?

I know a young woman in her late teens who has developed PNES. Closely resembling an epileptic event these seizures have a psychological source. It has been estimated that some 20% of patients presenting at neurologists' clinics have PNES. It is the clinicians role to correctly diagnose the condition by EEG testing. Sadly effective treatment of the condition seems to be limited.

Modern medicine seems to view the body as a bio-mechanical system and generally doesn't take into account any emotional component unless of course it is an obvious condition of the mind such as depression. Some alternate schools of thought exist though that take a view that the mind and body are inextricably linked and that it is impossible to separate one from the other.

One such school is Traditional Chinese Medicine. Using herbs and techniques such as acupuncture that promote the flow of Chi, the universal life-force TCM seeks to bring balance to mind and body. The principle being that when any of the meridians or energy channels that carry the Chi throughout the body are blocked, disease is sure to follow. Treatment aims to unblock the channels and the body heals itself.

While our young lady still has PNES, the condition has vastly improved to the point where her seizures are no longer experienced several times a day but are down to one to three times per week. She has received treatments using Nutripuncture, a nutritional mineral supplement system that works to unblock the energy meridians. The biggest gains though were experienced when she began working with a Qigong practitioner after receiving a course of acupuncture treatments.

Qigong is an energy movement system that often resembles Tai Chi in appearance. It goes deeper than that though and can be used to unblock energy meridians much like acupuncture without the needles. Qigong in this case at least seems to be more potent than acupuncture. Maybe not a cure for PNES just yet but the condition has improved greatly. I'd recommend others consider this an avenue to explore if they've hit a brick wall in possible treatment options.

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