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Epilepsy

Epilepsy This is a neurological condition causing convulsions. It is divided into


primary and secondary types in modem medicine.

Differential diagnosis: Patients suffering from severe epilepsy may experience
sudden falls, loss of consciousness, lockjaw, spitting of white foam from the
mouth, opisthotonus, convulsions, and stiff neck and screaming during the attack
and soreness, pain and weakness of body after the attack. Patients of the
deficient type may suffer from repeated attacks of convulsions, cold sweats and
dyspnea during the attack, and lassitude, vertigo, heart palpitations, loss of
appetite, soreness
and weakness of waist and knees, and the impairment of mental activity after the
attack.

Treatment:

Foot massage: The massage can be applied to head (1), brain stem and
cerebellum (3), kidney (22), heart (33) and spleen (34) reflecting areas (Fig. 45).
Foot acupuncture:
1) Meridianal acupoints: At Lidui (ST 45), Xingjian (LR 2), Kunlun (BL 60),
Pucan (BL 61), Jinmen (BL 63), Shugu (BL 65) and Jiexi (ST 41) acupoints, the
reducing
technique is applied; Yongquan (KI 1) is added for patients with continuous loss
of consciousness and coma, and moxibustion is applied before the attack.
2) Extra acupoints: Zuxin (EX-F 18) and Lineiting (FA-F 21) acupoints are used,
a strong reducing technique is applied to the excessive type and the reinforcing
technique is applied to the deficient type, and the needles are retained for 20
minutes. Moxibustion after acupuncture is applied to the deficient type.
3) Foot acupoints: At Epilepsy (FA-M 4), Heart (FA-P 5) and Spleen (FA-P 10)
acupoints, a moderate twisting stimulation is applied and the needles are
retained for 20 minutes.


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