This is a really uncomfortable condition for a lot of patients. It can be caused by diabetes, chemotherapy treatment, or sometimes from nerve damage affecting the low back. Fortunately, it responds really well to treatment with a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine. Read on to find out what you can do at home, and what we do for this condition in the office.
Symptoms and concerns associated withPeripheral Neuropathy include:
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis and Treatment
In Chinese Medicine the proper function of our body is dependent on the circulation of Qi and Blood. Distributed along the pathways of our nervous, circulatory, and physical anatomy are special locations where this circulation can be altered and improved. Those locations, the acupuncture points, create changes in the available nutrients, blood, energy, and nervous function in that area the treatment is targeting. It has even been found that acupuncture points have an effect inside the brain, where they increase resources, attention and healing to a specific location or structure in the body. By choosing the proper points we can alter the potency of the nerve impulses, the available Qi and the circulation of blood to the areas of the hands or feet affected by Peripheral Neuropathy. Other points target the underlying cause for the neuropathy (these might be points support detoxification of the chemo drugs, reduction of the chronically elevated blood sugars and support of the metabolic function of glycemic control, or nerve compression in the spine.)
Most of our patients being treated for Peripheral Neuropathy will also use a combination of Nutritional Supplements and Nutritional Counseling. Supplements that we often use for Peripheral Neuropathy include:
Our Nutritional Counseling sessions draw on a combination of Functional Medicine based practices, Traditional Chinese dietary theory and accountability support. We begin with templates designed by the Institute for Functional Medicine and modify them to meet our patients’ commitment level and unique presentation. We support your learning with videos, recipes, handouts, and periodic check-ins to keep you on track.
Do you know someone who has been struggling with numbness or tingling in their hands or feet? Forward this newsletter, we’d love the chance to help them.
Subject: A note from Demetra: Welcoming Dena Ito, L.Ac. to our community room!
Hello everyone, and happy November. I'm excited to share that Dena Ito, L.Ac., Rohnert Park native and seasoned community acupuncturist, is going to join us here in the community room starting this week!
Dena will be here on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, as well as splitting some Monday afternoon shifts with me, so come on in and get to know her- she is fantastic!
Here's Dena's welcome note to all of you:
I graduated from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2012. I consider Chinese Medicine to be truly affordable, holistic and sustainable healthcare. I admire how acupuncture works with the innate ability of the body to heal and am often reminded of the power of the human body and the human spirit. WE are amazing!
I like offering acupuncture in a community setting as a way for more patients to come in for treatment and to come in as often as their treatment plan may call for. I'm excited to contribute to this community and look forward to seeing you.
Outside of work I enjoy eating yummy food, taking my son to amusement parks and spending time with family.
Kieran Jones MTCM L.Ac.
I'm Kieran, clinician and owner of Cotati Community Acupuncture. I'm an acupuncturist, herbalist, and functional medicine practitioner for the past 14 years. I have a deep curiosity in health, biology, culture, medicine, history, and a healthy obsession with the pursuit of the perfect state of health.