The topic of my presentation for to you today is window to the soul. My personal MRI research application of gallbladder 16
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Hi, welcome to this week’s American Acupuncture Council’s Live Facebook podcast show I’m your host for today. Poney Chiang of neuro-meridian.net coming to you from Toronto Canada. The topic of my presentation for to you today is window to the soul. My personal MRI research application of gallbladder 16 in Chinese name is I window and its application for oculomotor dysfunctions.
Let’s jump to the slides.
So I want to preface by give me a little bit of information about what we do know currently about the indications of points on the scalp. They’re the most common indications of points on the scalp. And I’m talking about your co your common traditional acupuncture points from the gallbladder gardening vessel, bladder Meridian, as such, I’m not talking about microsystem line style of scalp acupuncture.
If you look at some of the indication of the points on the scale, they all seem to have some application to headaches, dizziness, perhaps convulsion, perhaps something indicative of epilepsy. But if you look at these points a little bit more kosher detail, we’ll start, begin to notice that the points that say over the occipital region benefit vision, for example, points, governors versus 18 butter, nine gallbladder 19, for example, have visual reads.
Functions and it’s long been thought that one possible mechanism for this is that there must be some kind of transcranial effect of stimulation. The points on the scalp that is able to send a message to the visual cortex that happens to also be located hospital area of the head. And perhaps that is the mechanism by which these points such as due 18 bladder nine and so forth are able to have a visual related effect.
Certainly if we were to look at points in the temporary region, it’s been said to benefit deafness, for example, points like all about our 10 GABA, 11 Sandra 18 and 19 and so forth. These points are very close to around the year area, but the resolve of the temporal region. And that’s also precisely where the auditory cortex corresponds to.
So another example that perhaps the mechanism has a transcranial effect. If you want to take this concept before. And apply that the the knowledge of the homonculus among this is the representation proportional representation. Of of the surface of brain and as a corresponds to the body.
So you might be familiar of the, these lit there’s little figures. I call them California reason type of cartoon characters, where they have very big hands and very big mouth. And that’s because the hands and feet have the most densest nerve endings. And therefore they receive proportionally greater representation on our, on the cortex or surface of our brain.
And that’s the idea of a homonculus. So if you apply that to the way that the functions of do 20 has been passed down, which is one of them has many functions. The ability to treat Energen are the problems in Chinese medicine. We always say that it’s the idea of treating opposites of do 20 country problems and do one or rent one.
But if you think about the homonculus it’s represented It’s a way such that the midline is exactly what the foot and genitals are located, then followed by Sally laterally, Diablo shrimp, and even more Laddy the face. So by stealing the midline, you are stimulating the anal genital portion of the homonculus.
And so that’s another way we can understand how a point like do 20 said to have the effect, the tree enter general problems on the other end of the pole might actually be again, functioning, fine transcranial effect, but specifically to the somatosensory cortex region of the energetic whole representation of homonculus.
Now the other points that suggest that might have points that we able to treat conscious. Such as the gallbladder 15, there are some points that able to treat persistent vomiting, such as gallbladder eight. Now, could that be because of some kind of vestibulocochlear problems so that if your sense of balance is off, then you feel basically emotions stationary, and also want to always want to vomit all the time.
And so the list goes on. And so there’s definitely a lot of traditional indication that suggest that the results are getting must be a result that can be explained to the central nervous system. For example, if your eyes are staring upwards, okay. Or for example, you have hemiplegia such that say, for example, you have a stroke, for example, and there are certain number of points.
So I should do 21 do 24 and so forth that treat these kinds of problems. So th the fact that we can put needles on the scalp and be able to treat paralysis of parathas is on the bottom. Below the neck. We mean that somehow we’re able to obviously not put any needles in the extremities. The fact that we can have that effect must be through some kind of central effect on the peripheral nervous system, central nervous system effect on the peripheral nervous system.
So there’s a lot of these indications to be passed on to us. And it’s always me implied that the mechanism must be some kind of transcranial effect. And and so what I decided to do as part of the research I’ve done in the last two and a half years is to take a very systematic MRI based approach to look at which points on the scalp corresponds to which part of the surface of the cortex of the brain, so that we can add more insight as to what some of these points are doing, but also perhaps add more information that has yet to be passed down, to look at what other application we have of these.
So in order to do this we designed a MRI’s research project using six males, six female, they’re all right-handed. They all happened to be acupuncturists, and then we scan them all. And then we use a software to then image analysis software to label the acupuncture points on the scalp.
And the name of the software is called brain site. The report at 40 IQ points on the scalp. There’s 34, regular points, six extra points. And it’s because system’s home is is symmetrical left and right. So it’s actually only just three unique points. The front end boxes are unique, left, and right.
Are not unique because they just mirror images of each other. And how to income tie on Diana, et cetera. So in total tally 40 acupoints per person, whereas product subsequent to the scanning process. And then we’ll use this, the Mr. And the analytical software to tell us which part of the surface corresponds at the scalp correspond to which part of the surface of the brain.
Then we average this cordon is in all 12 subjects. And then we can then use existing research about what we know about these areas on the surface of the brain. And these areas of the brain are called Bryman areas, named Abby neurologist by the name of Broadman. And then from that information, we can then go on to interpret.
The functions of these points, and that allows us to compare to existing scale acupuncture systems. It allows us to look into the names of these points, a traditional nature of the points. If the points give us a hint of what these points are supposed to doing and how that match the modern research, that’s already been established from the Brahma air research.
We can compare to traditional functions at these points. And most importantly, can we broaden the application? Because as I said, initially, a lot of these point just say they treat headaches and convulsion and dizziness that there’s gotta be more to it than that. So hopefully this research will help us ha add more ammunition to our tool belt.
This is a example of a research subject that we were preparing prior to the scanning process. We put these little sticky pads on the hairline. These are actually vitamin E oil capsules. And the reason why we do that on the hairline is that as a lot of acupoints actually, in fact, all the acupuncture points on this job are located by using the hairline and either interior, lateral, posterior hairline, as a reference point.
So it’s important that we define the hairline because what happens in the MRI, the hair actually doesn’t show up so we can not go back and reconstruct the hair if we didn’t prepare this in advance. But fortunately these vitamin E capsules do show up in MRI so that we can figure out what the hairline once was.
And from there, it’s just as good as having the actual hairline and with the software go in and actually plot the points on the scalp. This is an example of a MRI software I’m RS facility at the York university, where I’m an adjunct professor where the research was conducted. And yet. As the subject is being Stan, we get this little blister bumps things.
That’s the vitamin E capsules that are, that is defining hairline. And you can see, you don’t see any hair in the MRI. Okay. But instantaneously, we get a read out and we start able to take section on images of the brain prior to actually defining which part is service or brand correspond, to which points on the scalp.
We have to let the Mr software know the XYZ boundaries of the brain. So that when we did, we used, when you talk about, which part of the surface of brain, which coordinate XYZ so that we can cross references for do they exist in prime, in research. For example, before we do that, we have to define what, how wide and tall and deep as XYZ these are.
So this is there’s a software. We can see here where we’re defining that with these green boxes and to ask they pursue aspect, latter aspect, for example, and it should appear in a few aspects, so on and so forth. Okay. And then once we do find that information and we tell this image Mr. Software, where is the space that they are permitted to work within, then we label, I keep on your points on the scalp, as you can see over here, but we didn’t have enable any points that are below the skull.
Okay. So for example, do 16 or do a gallbladder 12 is actually below the mastery process. So that’s technically off the scalp off the skull. Points points a submersible line like gallbladder 20 and bladder 10. For example, if you feel that they’re below the occipital bone. So again, if you’re off the bone, that means you’re too far away from the brain.
And so the assumption is that then is far less likely that a needle can have an effect on the brain if the needle is not actually even on the region of the cranium or the skull. So this is for that reason, these points are excluded. Okay. And then as you can see, once we plot that down, the computer, the Mr and ethical software can start immediately giving us information.
And so this is a bit too small for you to see, but you can start to see some of the points have been labeled and that we can correspond to different regions of the brain. And and then we can. Very cool image like this, where if you imagine that the scalp and the cranium is no longer there, then all you have is just the needle as the vis directory penetrating into the servers that are brain.
So these are the exact same points you saw earlier labeled on the scalp, but the software allows us to determine where that is in a coordinate system. It’s called stereotactic coordinate. That was the XYZ I mentioned on the SCUP. And this process is called registration. When you correspond the location on the scalp to the surface of brain there’s process in neuroscience on your imaging studies is called registration.
So essentially we registered 40 points, combination of regular and extra points on the scalp. For 12 individuals. And then from there we retained the coordinates and we averaged the coordinates of all 12 people to arrive at the average coordinate on the scalp or on the surface of the brain corresponding to the 40 points as being passed down.
So the reason we’re doing this is so that we can confidently say that I say the point bladder nine, for example, on the average human being is effecting coordinates XYZ, and therefore affecting this specificity functional. This is an example of a pretty little picture that we can get from the MRI analysis software.
In this case, we’re only showing you the bladder points on the scalp and these different colorful areas that are brain correspond to different Brotman areas that I mentioned. So there’s already been over 50 years probably like over 60 years of research on the ramen areas and what they do and that knowledge is always being updated as we speak.
So once we figured out what the coordinates are on the scalp, not only are we able to learn what functions they have as we are today, as more research are being added to these functional areas we will be able to add to the indication that we’ve learned for these traditional 40 points on the scalp.
So for the purpose of today’s. Presentation. I’m going to only focus on one or two points. Obviously this is a work that took me more than three and a half years to conduct. I wanted to focus on just two points. And as you saw on the title of the presentation to today, I’m gonna focus on a points gallbladder 16, and how we can apply that for ocular motor dysfunctions.
Before I go there, I need to give you a little bit of brief introduction about the surface anatomy in the brain. Okay. So while you’re looking at here is the interior, the frontal lobe, occipital lobe, temporal lobe, and parietal lobe, and the frontal lobe is further divided into different gyrus. This one here is a superior frontal gyrus.
This one here is called the middle frontal gyrus, but they can further divide that into rostrum, his head or Caro tail portion. So that’s where they put different color. And finally are. If there’s a superior and the middle funder gyrus, then there must be an inferior frontal gyrus, but that is further divided in three different regions.
They’re called pars or
and so forth. Don’t worry about so much. I just want to help you appreciate which part gobbler 16 falls into. So it’s going to be falling into this superior frontal gyrus portion. So it’s an F so it’s in the frontal lobe. Here’s a central sulcus, so that have the motor and premotor regions. And as a matter of sensory regions on either side, but even more interior to that, we have what’s called the prefrontal cortex, which is divided into three different viruses.
Okay. So what we’re going to be focusing our attention to is specifically in a superior frontal gyrus region or the prefrontal cortex. And if you now overlay the prominent information on top of that, This line division here between one prime area, 1, 2, 3, and four. How there’s different colors, that’s the demarcation of those central sulcus.
That’s the motor in, and there’s a matter of century you’re there. And if you go forward, we have brought from area four, which is the motor cortex. Six is the premotor 8, 9, 10, so on and so forth. And so as far as prime and correspondence goes, if you remember the image from before the superior frontal gyrus is processing over here, then we’re looking at maybe GABA, prominent area, six province, area eight.
That’s going to be approximately where the point GABA is 16 is located. This is just a quick, low reference a slide for everyone, because I know that unless people are using traditional points system to do the points, scalp acupuncture head, it’s been a while since they learned these tune measurement and we’re testing on these in school.
Sometimes we don’t remember exactly where they are. If you look at the, to measure over here, this black line here is supposed to represent the hairline. And then so gallbladder 16 is if you look at this two measurement here, right here is 0.5. Green is a 1.1 0.5. So that means that in total God, our 16 green gobbler 16 would be to turn from the interior and tear hairline.
Approximately I want to just mention that the the point location. And air land and not to scale. Okay. It there, they’re only, the color is only meant to tell you the relative measurements that the arrows themselves are not to scale to one another. Okay. So the make any case, gallbladder 16 is over here and later on, you’ll find me mentioning the point bladder six, notice that they’re quite close to each other.
And and they were roughly fall on that. Definitely call out, fall on the front of the frontal lobe, for sure. Cause there’s a front half of the head, but because they’re on either side of the midline, they’re going to be corresponding to superior frontal gyrus, and then the middle of front of the gyrus, we’ll be here and then finding inferior, energize to be even more lateral as we come from a middle center out.
Okay. So that’s talk a little bit about part of the scalp functional area. That’s really that critical is functioning area. Something called a frontal eye field frontal. I feel a previous FEF for short in non-human primates is in progress area number eight and but when I was conducting this research in the beginning I was a little bit disappointed because the point gallbladder is 16 which had a Chinese name for the point.
You can see here, the point is I window mood, trunk. Okay. It suggests that there may be some kind of, I really to function to this point. So I thought, oh, wouldn’t it be pretty cool if this is a point to do with irony function correspondent to the frontal eye field, because it’s not the first time it’s never it’s.
We have seen a lot of examples in the past where the name of the point doing this project is function. So wouldn’t it be cool if the point name I window matched frontal eye field, but unfortunately I was a little bit disappointed because all the research literature showed on a nonhuman primates that the frontal eye field was located in area.
We’re in fact that point gallbladder 16, I window, was actually located in Bravo six. So it was, close they’re right beside each other, but wasn’t really reading on. So I thought, oh, maybe there is had to do with the way that the needles angle a direction maybe, or maybe just coincidence.
There’s actually no correlation whatsoever between name, the function and the point. But fortunately as more research came out about the front of IPO in humans, as opposed to non human primates, it turned out that in humans, the front that I feel was indeed I’m prime and . So I was very excited when I found out about that, because that means that gallbladder 16 falling up brother area six is a perfect match.
It’s the frontal eye field, which I’ll explain it as functions for matches the Chinese name of the point for I window. That’s pretty pretty cool. And it’s in of itself. So what does the front. I find the I field is involved in movement of the eyes, but specifically horizontal darting, quick glancing movements, not slow tracking movement at a cold pursuit.
These quick lateral or inferior superior starting movements are costs the cards. Okay. And and so the front door, I feel plays a role in this quick psychotic movements of the eyes. If you had lesions on your, I’d say frontal eye field on the right side, then what’s going to happen is that both eyes are going to deviate towards the side of the lesion.
So it may say her lesion on the right front, the, I feel both eyes are going to deviate. Towards the right to the right. If you have lesions in the left frontal eye field, both eyes are going to deviate to the left. And what that means is that they are unable to track to the opposite side.
So in other words, you’ve had lesions on the right from the infield IDV to the right then I’m unable to do psychotic mood. To the left. Okay. So there are a lot of quick neurological tests that that you can learn that to be able to assess. And you’re not neurological patients as to if they have any ocular motor dysfunctions, you need a psychotic test.
The ocular motor functions belong to the midbrain. So cranial Creo nurse three and four primarily are located or have their nucleus in the midbrain cranial nerves. Cranial nerve six is also involved in in the eye movement. But that’s more located in the Pines, but for the most part, a frontal eye field test gives us an appreciation of the integrity of the midbrain, because if the migraine was compromised in some way, perhaps by degeneration, there is nucleus, which includes the nucleus of.
Three and four, you said ocular motor and and and trochlear nerves then you’re going to have eye motor movement issues. So these are called ocular motor dysfunctions. So here’s a graphical representation of what I just mentioned, suppose that you have a damage on your right motor cortex.
So in this case it would damage your right frontal ICU as well. Then what’s going to happen is that your eyes are only are going to deviate towards the silent region. So if say delusional deviation, and that is because the the right brain controls as, movements on the left. If there does the dementia, the right brain, then the dotted line.
That control movements to the left are not functioning. Therefore they are unable to oppose to the move of movements to the right. Therefore that’s why all your movements are going to end up to the right. Okay. So don’t worry so much if this is a more deeper neurology that you’re ready to dive into, but it’s very powerful tool because acupuncture is able to treat central nervous system problem.
It’s great. It’s been proven to be able to treat great peripheral nervous system problems. Now what’s next. Now we need to actually show the acupuncture had benefits well beyond just the peripheral nervous system working as you use as a treat central and peripheral nervous system problems. So here’s the image acquired for the goblin Meridian region.
And as you can see, I’ve labeled GABA point 16, 17, 18. And this is the lateral view, and this is the bird’s-eye view. And what I’ve done is I’ve drawn in yellow dotted lines, to the extent you, the Sockeye in that region, because it’s a bit, this is because zig-zaggy, it takes a bit of training to visualize this.
What we’re seeing here. This, the superior inferior Sockeye here is called the superior frontal circus. So the superior funder soccer separates a superior from the Gera and the middle front of the jaw, right? And this thought, and over here is the precentral. Soccer’s this darker more notice?
My here is the central sulcus. Therefore the line that’s in front of it is the precentral circus. And it’s been reasonably established that the frontal IPO in humans are located. It’s located at the cross section of these two soccer. Where did this line meets? This line is where the P where we’re the frontal I feel is thought to be located in this general region over here and now look at where the point GABA R 16 is located.
GABA 16 is very close to this intersection area. And if you were to follow them, varied direction and Meridian and needle from 16 to 17 or intuitive, posterior, why as indicative as air dashing over here, that needle is covered this entire frontal IFL region. And gallbladder 16, as I mentioned is Chinese name is I window.
So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the ancient acupuncturist named this point I window, because they realized, find empirical observation experience. These points have something to do with eyes and vision. Similarly, at another point that’s located very nearby to this area. And a prostitute over here on the bladder Meridian called bladder six it’s Chinese thing is called light guard, meaning it guards or protects light and light to suggest that optics when the eye light enters your eyes, how you pee, you’re able to see it may not be a coincidence either.
That another point that is very close to the frontal IFU approximately over here also has in its name, something suggest stiff a vision or site.
Okay. So this is a side-by-side comparison, butter six over here. . Over here and there. So if I were to supra, bring gallbladder 16 over to help you visualize go by 16 would be where my cursor is pointed. See how those two points are very close to each other. So if you were trying to in intersect that area, you would need on call bar 16 posteriorly and viruses laterally, and in a intersection kind of way here.
And that will allow you to cover the frontal eye field as much as possible.
Now I’m going to segue a little bit to talk about something else that’s in this area. We’ve been talking about Brahmin numbers, area six. What is, what else do we know about ? Other than that as free dated frontal eye field, as you can see from this bird side, We have probably here four and six, probably the air force actually motor cortex.
So corresponds to movement at execution, but problem area six is in a premotor cortex. And the difference between six and four is that four has more to do with the planning of the movement. Whereas, sorry, six, as much as the planning, because as you get closer to the frontal loads, more reasoning decision-making so six is the coaches that are fun to look.
It has some more to do the thinking aspect and movement. Whereas for itself, the motor itself is the actual movement portion. Now, if you looked at this picture more closely, you’ll see that number six actually has two colors. The darker one is the central portion. And the light, the lighter ones are flanking it.
So the lighter ones is actually the true premotor cortex that’s involved in preparation, the movement. That’s more medial portion as. As a different name, it’s called a supplemental motor area. It’s still a , it’s a supplemental motor area and it is important in initiating complex sequence of movement. So it’s very specific for initiates it is.
So it’s the middle part over here. Brought me a six, the supplement area initiates it. And then the regions flanking it, prepares it. And then finally the motor area itself executes the movement. Okay. This is important because these points are mentioned GABA 16 and I’m better butter six. They fall in the, in addition to being part of the funder, I feel they also fall in this supplement and more area that initiates complex sequence of movements.
Okay. In addition to the funding, I feel being known to be important for control eye movement. We actually know the reason that it does it is bad. There’s direct connection between the cortex where these Fanta IFA regions are located to the ocular motor system in the midbrain, the track technology, or the study of the connections between different regions that are bringing it has asked me to be established.
That is a direct correlation to the mid-brain area. So even though maybe areas of what’s called subcortical structures are too deep for us to affect funds of scalp acupuncture, we might be able to indirectly reach it by stimulating the surface of the cortex. If we know which part of the more deeper structures it connects to.
Now, just as a interesting little trivia if. Not only do we think that is how to do the movement, you remember how it had in the supplement Moria motor area. It has to do with initiation something. And I mentioned how it was closer to the frontal lobe. So I had to move to do a thinking.
There’s actually a lot of interesting research that shows that the frontal I feel is involved in thinking as well. If you ask somebody a question and they don’t have the answer right away, watch the way they think a lot of times people will point their eyes upwards or point their eye to the left, or right.
As they’re thinking as if the answer is somewhere in space to the left or to the right or to the above, really people are not looking down when they thinking, but that’s actually engagement of your front frontal. I feel you’re fun to, I feel part of the brain is helping you to retrieve memory information.
So the eye movement control. My ashy be indicative of memory, recall functions as well. Very interesting. So just because, oh, I’m not interested in neurological eye movement problems as the bit to neurological for me, don’t think of it that way. It’s actually a way for you to assess somebody’s memory and, or or a memory degeneration.
And as these movements improve, it’s actually indirect way for you to to assess whether the patient’s memory and pay and information recall. And the speed and accuracy of that recall is improving or not now. So that’s a little bit, that’s a lot of background, but now I’m going to jump into how I applied these points for two very interesting cases that are very different.
The first case is a case of what’s called Havana syndrome. Have you ever syndrome is something that made the cover of time magazine in the year approximately in the year 2017. And it was happening to diplomats of Canadian, us diplomats, R B station in Havana and and the SIM, for some reason, there was a concerted presentation of neurological symptoms, very similar to concussion symptoms that was happening all across Havana, but only in the embassies of the committee Canadian and the U S diplomat star station there.
So there is, there was white speculation that perhaps there’s, this is some kind of political. Motivated attack some kind of weapon that is unknown, that is perhaps some kind of energy, pulse, electromagnetic energy of some store. Nobody could explain it, but it was undeniable that there was this was happening to not just Americans, but the Canadians and only seeing, not seeing the tourists are visiting there, but only seeing this in the staff that was working there.
So this is being recognized as a real thing and so much so that the journal of American acupuncture association, Gemma actually published a report of the symptoms and the title of the paper is neurological manifestations among us government personnel reporting, direct directional, audible, and sensory phenomenon.
Yeah. Cuba. The the symptoms for these patients are very much like concussion symptoms. They might have dizziness or nausea, headaches, sensitivity to light. They have balancing problems. They have some eye movement disorders. Some of them find that they have the sight difficulty or language, memory loss.
And so these, this, these symptoms are symptoms that the patient never had before. So it was considered a type of acquired injury, but it just that in this case, there was no known trauma physical trauma to the head that could explain this concussion. And there’s suspected that this was perhaps some kind of secret weapon, energy propo projection that was affecting those people.
But these people get tested and Realogy cause second opinions and undeniably have these symptoms. For some reason, I got an American who his mom is the Canadian and they were visiting Canada and and for six or eight weeks or so. And so the mom did the research for the son and mom listen, Canada.
So found me and sent his son here to see if I could help him. And so it was, it’s pretty interesting never in a million years, but I think that I get to treat like the Havana syndrome up in Canada. And so these are the symptoms that the patient presented with 35 year old male civil servant had an acquired brain injury in April, 2017.
Imaging results show that they’re scattered white matter of the brain and S as a focus in the cerebellum area. So it doesn’t make sense. The Serbian has to do the movement, coordination of movement. So if the patient presented with some kind of movements of balance, where it’s about has a balance as well, problems, that would make sense because there’s some kind of scattered white matter.
That’s visible for imagings person who has SIBO, headaches who have tinnitus, but that tends to abate after two weeks later. But the subro headache continued. There’s some challenges, balance issues, patients that reports that there some difficulty retaining information. And also they’re very easy to have ice strains and one of the triggers, bright lights, and also when he was rotating head while tracking with his eyes.
So that’s a, you’re looking at something, but you had to rotate your head, fix your gaze on that, something that kind of eye fixation combined with neck movement. We’re bringing line headaches or sense of dizziness, imbalance and so forth. And also he found that he’s not as precise with his use of language.
And that for example, he would say things like I put the feet on top of the stairs, what he meant was he put the slippers or shoot on top of the stairs, but, footage slip an issue I’ve raised similar ideas, but just to represent what, one of the represent that my part of the body or pods represents something that you wear, but in his brain, they, you could see his brain.
Wasn’t able to retrieve that information as effectively. So given the limited amount of time who was going to be in Canada, we were only able to do eight sessions. And so at first it’s, his headaches would be averaged every two average twice a week, but you started having about two hours and this is much, much better than, when when this order just started.
And then the tongue is thick white coat from root to tip or suggested. There’s not a damn a system that he does. He are redness in the root of the town. There’s hate in a liberal region and heart, mild heat in the heart region. Definitely. More suggested lower jaw heat and liver fire, and a lot of dampness.
Okay. And he had this injury in about June, so April, 2017, but didn’t come and see me until December of 2018. And and so it’s closest to six months after the incident. So I treated points. As it relates to the LA dentist, I see on the tongue, but points high stakes PCs, six, these are points that are known to have the ability to calm the autonomic nervous system.
So I was using that to help them reduce some of that stress and anxiety from dealing with an unknown ETL disease and disorders uncertain as to, whether am I ever going to get better, especially when this solar information know about this kind of problems. So it was necessary to calm and relax the patient.
And I also did the F the scalp for sensory motor area. And so if those of you have studies, scalp acupuncture, there’s these two lines around the vertex or the brain, and these points also have a global because it’s shadow, there’s the Corpus callosum, either hemispheres, they have a global level, right hemisphere, so a balancing effect.
So I tend to just start more conservative and more general without focusing in too much. I did do a speech area too, because it has on war retrieval issues. And then in terms of your acupuncture, I did points in the vestibular point because he had some business issues that will occur when he has fixing his diaper, moving his head and hypothalamus because there’s a point that also regulates oughta nervous system.
The next session I continued to treat the scalp acupuncture areas. Now I added the balance area, which is located in the hospital region. Still have the speech area and for the. I still have thalamus then now at a singular gyrus, which is a point that is just about the course proper skill OPSM.
And so there’s a little bit deeper down at the surface of the brain. And then I added some points in the body at different points in the body. Gallbladder 39, as is a point of if there’s a point of marrow, which should release the idea of brain and Chinese medicine. I thought it too. Now, Ching now changes the point.
That’s relative to the horizontal crease of the ankle is what is two, two up and once in lateral from from a stomach 41, it’s now changed, literally means clarity to the brain. So it has some kind of neurological symptoms as well. So I. Cognitive significance. So I thread it all by three 19 arching.
So I’m at 40, as you know is for phlegm. And Sandra has five, there’s some studies that shows that it helps communication between left brain, right brain. So I had this kind of idea. I’m starting, I’m putting on to treat this patient. And then it wasn’t until the third treatment that I decided to add GABA R 16 I window.
Because at that point I was learning to make sense of the research that was presented to you earlier. I thought, I wouldn’t have to ocular motor movement. It can’t hurt if I try to add that point as well to see what happens. By the beginning of the fourth treatment, a patient hasn’t had any headache for three weeks.
Whereas previously he was ha he would have headaches at least twice a week. So I, what I suspect is that some of that headache is actually due to the brain, trying to. Makes sense of balance. And I related information between the eye movement and the cerebellum areas of the head. And when I cannot make sense of that information, your your point of reference, your point of balance is off and makes you feel dizzy.
And that can then, bring out a sense of nausea or may bring a sense of headache and so forth. Even though I wasn’t directly treating headache by calming down the sympathetic nervous system by working on the balance and ocular motor area, or the fungi, a few areas that made him have better balance and in, so doing may his brain able to not have to divert his resources to other types of problems.
And so unfortunately men, he has no disease. He has no disease. Okay. And then and then the, one of the main thing that you constantly need new will be what are the kinds of things that you’re constantly new were given business problems is that when he was driving, he would have to shift this case between his eyes and the GPS, and was driving, looking at the row, looking at the GPS and that change of eye movement and depth movement will cause them to become busy.
And that was coming that habit every single time. So that was a very good tool for us to use, to gauge our progress. If he was able to have, if that is the getting better, then we know our team is working. So the fifth treatment, he no longer would get cheap headaches or dizziness. When he, when you was doing the GPS looking at GPS, looking on the road.
Okay. And so we continue to do the similar type of thing. Continue to come the cemetery nurses using points as is Vegas point, the reticular formation points a year, shaman points in a year. And and and he, on his last visit, he came back he was starting to have a little bit of headache, but it didn’t cause nausea like I normally would do, but that, that dizziness or headache that brings some for changing eye movement was still not there.
So it seemed like that was very stable improvement. So I like to think that the GABA are 16 point that I use in combination with cerebellum points or vertical points played a big role in helping him be able to have more confidence in both independence to be able to drive on his own and go about on his own.
The next case is a pediatric cerebral palsy case. The child was born in 2020. And and has history of taking prednisone to limit seizures that has only seen on EEG is not seen clinically like by the parents or, day to day. And then the the patient is Delvin, developmentally delayed.
He’s born on may 20, 20, but only began rolling more than a year later in June, 2021. Normally you expect that, maybe like seven, eight months maybe. And so there was definitely some delay And there’s a child has tendency to lower the head and gaze to the bottom, right?
So the head is lower case the bottom, and there’s an inability to control the eye movement. And and there’s also some spasticity of the fingers at difficulty opened them to grasp objects.
And there’s a tendency for the eyes to want to, rest towards the bottom. So the I is better to, as able to there’s more awareness spatial awareness of the things that are alive and less awareness of space on the right side. At almost 22 months, almost two years old was still unable to crawl.
So this is a child who was very delayed and neurologist believed that what he, mostly, I, he has his say we were policy was maybe some kind of brain damage or something to show that in happening in utero. And he was born this way and had difficulty lifting his body up from the stomach.
Usually you should be able to crawl and go on all fours, there’s Encore and I’m moving. There’s no precision grassing object brain to the mouth to chew or, to bite on that the kids are supposed to have. And and then. And so does the general tissue, we gave him this child.
So patient didn’t want to see what we can do at scalp without scalp acupuncture or with with acupuncture. And I mentioned the best thing to do would actually be scalp acupuncture because because this is undeniably a central nervous system problems. Scalp acupuncture is a system that was designed for this.
And I explained to the risk and possible risks and so forth. And because of the concern that the fontanelle might not be closed, this child is too, they are developmentally delayed. So we cannot confidently say that if fontanelle is fully closed, right? So for that reason, they didn’t feel comfortable doing active scalp acupuncture point closer to the vertex of the head.
But I explained to them that, hospital region, those fundamentals those bony plates would have fuse already. And so it would be safe to near that area. And I, we might be able to do the balance minds for, to help with balance related issues. So we, for the fourth three sessions, We did the balance point and the scalp and all we just did with just plain six pericardium six and sand gel five, Sandra five.
I mentioned I’m insured for using, I mentioned before research shows that it helps to stimulate left-brain right-brain communication , and its main states are specific points to affect the tibial nerve in the median nerve to help create sensation into the fingers. And oftentimes that’s been helpful to help open up spasticity of clenched fingers and toes.
And so after three sessions, parents report that the right hand that was previously the most close is now able to open a much more. And then both hands are now open about 75% of the time. Whereas before there were closed a hundred percent of the time and I’m there and requested if I could do something about this passage in your bicep, which I basically just do a local Twitch response, muscle twitching cabins.
And I said very forth. This is now the fifth treatment, hands up, fully open, and now is able to actually grab toys to this mouth, but it’s not doing it with any type of purpose or desire to read something and grab it and bring it themselves. If they happen to swing their hand and grab something, then I’ll bring it to them out to divide it.
Okay. And then we also did some nutrition recommendations such as Alliance, Maine. It was just been shown to help re regeneration of nervous system tissue. And then we continued to help them with treating spasticity in the calf and by surgery. This is just local muscle needling is very similar to.
A technique that a surgical intervention that that they have created in Western medicine is called social surgical myofascial, lengthening where basically they are making tiny decisions in the ligament to help the extension. So they have less contraction of muscles. So we were doing acupuncture.
Needles was essentially the same thing, just a little bit less invasive and less surgical. I added copper scholars point in a year. That’s the point that the cruise stimulation communicates to me left and right brain. And then the patient stopped coming for a month because of scheduling reasons with me.
But despite not having any treatment for a month, fingers are remains open. And now the child is able to start sitting up and lean four on the high chair. Whereas before, if there was four on the high shirt, there’s just totally fall over on their face, on the high chair. So that means that there’s some core control that this child didn’t have before
we treat it local Twitch response on mussels hamstrings and gastrocs and soldiers to help with the spasticity that this child is presenting. And and then and then the parents, Charles the P the, this boy had a brother. And so because of a busy being, having a newborn in the family, he they stopped bringing him for awhile.
And then. And then I want to the reason why I show this slide is that there’s a point here called master sensorial point over here. And and what it corresponds to is actually the junction of all the different lobes of the brain. So the frontal parietal occipital temporary, so and so forth.
So this point of the brain is it’s called the masters and Sora point because essentially because the junction or the lobe stimulates all the brain at the same time. Patient, the parent came with a new imaging results showing that there was diffuse Y white matter patterns across the brain.
So I needed to have a way to, to treat. Across the whole brain and it has been in and they’ve and they also found that there was extra amount of degeneration in the course of Corpus callosum, which is why I needed to focus on points. I sent out five and the regular course crevasse and point to try to focus on th delivery, more stimulation to the regions.
So they came back in January 15th and they had a seizure in late 20, 21. On top of, having a younger brother, they were just too busy and didn’t come for awhile. So because of that, they put the doctors put them on an anti-seizure medication. Just to repeat what I say, or their CT shows us there’s reduced white matter and and thinning of the all across the brain and thinning of the Corpus callosum.
So this is why the treatment needed to have the masters in short point to stimulate the whole brain, but also to specifically focus on the Corpus callosum, because there was thinning of the Corpus callosum. Now the patients feel that they’re seeing a lot of progress and it’s been awhile. Now this, they feel that is pretty safe with their son.
So there’s now they requested me to do scopic Highlands in other areas that are approved, that they were previously worried about. The fontanelle is being closing. So the air would be the first sensory motor on the midline. And now I think, can you do to balance the area and Knoxville region? And then so after we did that one treatment with including the the Prada lobes and the frontal lobe for the first time, Patient came back and noticed that there was market improvement in the core strength.
The kid was starting to lean over in a high chair, but now actually it’s able to complete sit up in the high chair on his own. And actually when they’re lying down on the stomach and a bag trying to change the diaper is starting to want to do sit-ups to come back up. So this is very interesting because the only thing that was done differently was areas that are known to affect the core and immediately that got, that, got that, that improve.
So we can see if it’s working, don’t change it. We keep on doing that. And and we can understand why we do that because the area, of course, the first sensory motor area and the mid line, as you re very close to the supplementary motor you’re right. I mentioned to beginning, which helped initiate movement.
And then in February, on February 2nd, February, I decided that since this kid has this preference of the eyes going down to the bottom and has difficulty seeing things on the left side, there’s obviously some kind of ocular motor issues. What do I have to lose by trying to put the gallbladder 16 there and also put governing vessel 17, which corresponds to the primary visual cortex is back.
So what is both of the sensory aspect division wide for the movement as a vague vision? And can you do the rest of the point? And at the end of that session for the very first time the child was hugging the mom’s face. Okay. And so according to the mom has never, the child’s never done that before. And then that was pretty promising, but two days later I received an email from the mom and this is a video I’m going to show you.
After only adding the gallbladder 16 point, which is really the eye movement that at the child biweekly or weekly physiotherapy session, when they’re playing with toys and learning to move their hands and eyes for coordination purposes, that there was for the very first time a intense, intentional grabbing of objects, fixing it, seeing, grabbing it and being able to bring it back with purpose, not just randomly.
Okay. So this is a video that I’m going to show you to finish today’s presentation. And and so let’s have the video please,
so you can see very well. He is reaching for the. This is it, you have been using the special how many times he never did. And then the mom is commenting that they always use this for all the time, but this person
Okay. So that means that as they move the toy away, he’s aware of it and is changes, naked eyes to continue to track that toy. So this is, I just thought it was very interesting to be able to share that outcome, that research with you, that scholars 16 call I window, has in his name, something to his vision and based on our MRI research.
Safe to say that is probably the frontal eye field, which is involved in ocular, motor hyperbole, and specifically for six psychotic movements. So I hope you appreciate the excitement that I get when I do this kind of research, but as obviously the reward is to be able to help, we are conditions like Havana syndrome and the two little boy who, is so severely developmentally delayed.
Now we actually can help them in their physical therapy or occupational therapy so that they have a better chance of having a a a a higher quality of life. Thank you very much for your attention. And next week for our our show, our guests are going to be Brian Lai and Matt Callison