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Home > Newsletters > July 2007 > All Shook Up? It May Not Be Parkinsonís Disease

All Shook Up?
It may not be Parkinsonís Disease

By Ban B. Wong, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. Hb.

When you have shakes and tremors, it may not always be Parkinsonís disease. It really depends on what factors are present. Typical symptoms associated with Parkinsonís are finger tremors, unsteadiness, facial muscle weakness, muscle stiffness, and slow movement. But there are many other conditions that can cause tremors such as: brain infection, injury, tumor, thyroid conditions, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimerís disease, hereditary, heavy metals, chronic alcohol abuse leading to liver disease.

Chinese medicine views shakes and tremors as a deficiency in the functioning of the hepatic (Liver) system, digestive and endocrine systems. Weakness in these body systems can create an environment whereby the nervous system becomes malnourished. Starving nerves the very instruments used by our brains to control movement will lead to poor neural transmission to the muscles and ligaments. Another reason for the loss of motor control is poor circulation, which causes inflammation in the nervous system. In order to help patients with shakes and tremors, we use acupuncture to balance the Qi flow throughout the body and we prescribe customized herbs to nourish the digestive and endocrine systems.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs both actively support Qi and blood circulation. As circulation improves, the inflammation in the nervous system decreases and the nerves become better able to be nourished. As a result, the shakes and tremors slowly diminish. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of the patientsí tremors, in order to normalize and help the patient return to a good quality of life.

Ban B. Wong is a licensed acupuncturist in the State of California and a board-certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, holding diplomates from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He graduated from Samra University with top honors. Besides growing up with a father, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he also received apprenticeship training in Feng Shui, Mien Shiang, and Reflexology. He furthered his studies of acupuncture, tuina, and qi gong in Peking, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He is a member of the Chinese Medical Academy and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.

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