Category Archives: Nervous System Conditions

Acupuncture for Essential Tremor?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, A few years ago I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor (ET), and now I am hearing that people are getting acupuncture to help their tremors. Do you think that acupuncture can help me? A: Tremors are neurological conditions. Essential tremors have been linked to genetic mutations which cause abnormal firing of…

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Suggestions for sleep apnea and RLS?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Do you have any suggestions for how to resolve these issues? A: There are two distinct issues here, and they are both interrelated. In both cases, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) approach is to deal with the stagnant qi. When the qi,…

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Causes and treatment of glossopharyngeal neuralgia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What causes glossopharyngeal neuralgia and how would you treat a patient with glossopharangeal neuralgia using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? A: Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is thought to be caused by irritation of the ninth cranial nerve. Symptoms usually begin in people over 40 years of age. In most cases, the true source of…

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How to cure a nervous tic?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My nephew has a nervous tic (twitching of facial muscles). Is there any cure for this with traditional Chinese medicine? A: There can be many etiologies for this condition. I would suggest you first consult with a physician to make sure there are no serious neurological problems. Symptoms like these can…

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