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What is Brain Atrophy?
Cerebral atrophy refers to the loss of brain cells over time. Atrophy refers to a decreased size or wasting away of any part of the body. Cerebral atrophy can happen in either the entire brain or in just one part of the brain and can lead to decreased brain mass and loss of neurological function. The symptoms of cerebral atrophy depend on the cause and location of cell death.... Read more about cerebral atrophy introduction




What Are the Symptoms?
Many diseases that cause cerebral atrophy are associated with dementia, seizures, and a group of language disorders called the aphasias.

  • Dementia is characterized by a progressive impairment of memory and intellectual function that is severe enough to interfere with social and work skills. Memory, orientation, abstraction, ability to learn, visual-spatial perception, and higher executive functions such as planning, organizing, and sequencing may also be impaired.

  • Seizures can take different forms, appearing as disorientation, repetitive movements, loss of consciousness, or convulsions.

  • Aphasias are a group of disorders characterized by disturbances in speaking and understanding language. Receptive aphasia causes impaired comprehension. Expressive aphasia is reflected in odd choices of words, the use of partial phrases, disjointed clauses, and incomplete sentences.

What Causes Brain Atrophy?
Normally brain stem atrophy is caused due to aging. But in some cases, the wastage of brain cells can be triggered due to some illnesses, which may cause premature wastage or even speed up the process. Given below is a list of reasons why the cells in the body's most important organ are lost;

  • A traumatic brain injury resulting in stroke.
  • Some infectious diseases like neurosyphilis, AIDS and encephalitis which can lead to the damage of the brain cells leading to brain shrinkage by destroying the neurons and their axons.
  • A condition called multiple sclerosis, where the cerebral tissue becomes inflamed and there is damage to the myelin (a protective cover on the nerve fibers) due to the growth of lesions.
  • Cerebral palsy, where there is an impairment in the coordination of the motor neurons in the damaged areas caused due to lesions.
  • Epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder that can result in seizures.
  • Kearns Sayre syndrome, a disease that causes weakness to the muscles due to mitochondrial encephalomyopathies, which is the changes that occur in the mitochondria of the cells. This syndrome tends to interfere with the proper functioning of the neurons.
  • A traumatic brain injury resulting in stroke.
  • Some infectious diseases like neurosyphilis, AIDS and encephalitis which can lead to the damage of the brain cells leading to brain shrinkage by destroying the neurons and their axons.
  • A condition called multiple sclerosis, where the cerebral tissue becomes inflamed and there is damage to the myelin (a protective cover on the nerve fibers) due to the growth of lesions.
  • Cerebral palsy, where there is an impairment in the coordination of the motor neurons in the damaged areas caused due to lesions.
  • Krabbe disease, where the myelin sheath that protects the axons (also known as nerve fibers) is destroyed.
  • Certain genetic disorders like Huntington's disease that leads to an increase in the toxic levels of proteins in the neurons.
  • Other causes of atrophy are Alzheimer's disease and Pick's disease.

Wasting of brain cells occurs in infants and children as well. There can be several reasons why the nerve cells in the brain may get damaged and wasted, making the organ shrink to a smaller size than the normal. According to researchers, a few cases of this condition have been observed in children who had a history of depression in the family, be it in parents or grandparents. Children who have undergone systemic chemotherapy are also known to have brain cell wastage. Genetic brain disorders are also responsible for causing this problem in infants and children.

What Are the Potential Complications of Cerebral Atrophy?
Complications of untreated or poorly controlled cerebral atrophy can be serious, even life threatening in some cases. You can help minimize your risk of serious complications by following the treatment plan you and your health care professional design specifically for you. Complications of cerebral atrophy include:

  • Inability to participate normally in activities
  • Loss of independence
  • Withdrawal or depression

Treatment by Western Medicine
There is no cure for cerebral atrophy. Once brain cells have been lost, the damage is permanent. Treatment for cerebral atrophy focuses on treating the symptoms and complications of cerebral atrophy.Treatments for dementia symptoms of cerebral atrophy include medications and nonmedication therapies including:

  • Physical therapy to improve function and ability to perform daily activities
  • Medications that change the amount of chemicals that control brain signaling or treat symptoms of cognitive impairment, sometimes used in Alzheimer's disease
  • Psychological counseling and support

Other symptoms of cerebral atrophy may be treated medicinally or with therapy as well including:

  • Cognitive or behavioral therapy to improve quality of life
  • Physical therapy to slow loss of muscle control
  • Anticonvulsive medication to stop seizures
  • Speech therapy to decrease the impact of aphasia (impaired speech and comprehension)
  • Treatment for the underlying infection or injury leading to cerebral atrophy

Some complementary treatments may help some people in their efforts to deal with cerebral atrophy. These treatments, sometimes referred to as alternative therapies, are used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments. Complementary treatments are not meant to substitute for full medical care. Complementary treatments may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga


Chinese Medicine Treatment

Formula 1: Lu Ma Decoction

Composition:
buckhorn 9g
Black sesame seeds 12g
radix rehmanniae recen 30g
Dogwood 12g
Chinese yam 25g
Tuckahoe 15g
Root bark of the peony tree 10g
Alisma orientale 10g
radix-polygoni multiflori 15g
angelica 10g
grass-leaved sweetflag 12g
Chinese wolfberry 15g
chrysanthemum 15g
polygala 10g
liquorice 5g

Dosage:
Use ceramic pot, put in 1,000 - 1,200 ml water inside, then put all herbs into the water to soak for 30 minutes. Use soft fire to cook the water till it become boiled for 10 - 20 minutes. Pour out all water and cook the docoction second time, get the water as before. Mix up the medicinal water you get in two times and divide them into two portion in even qualntity. Take one portion in evening, one in morning. Take the decoction continously for two days before stop taking it for one day. Then repeat it again. Take the decoction for 5 months before see the result.

Clinical experiment results:
31 patients received the treatment, 10 gain fully recovery, 17 improvement, 4 no result.

Formula 2: Rong Nao Decoction


Composition:
human placentae 10g
Arillus Longan 10g
mulberry 10g
root of peony 10g
root of herbaceous peony 10g
radix pseudostellariae 10g
tuckahoe 10g
grass-leaved sweetflag 10g
Salvia miltiorrhiza 10g
angelica 15g
cattail pollen 15g
polygala 12g
radix curcumae 12g
prepared rhizome of rehmannia 20g
prepared liquorice 6g

Variation:
For patients with phlegm heat add caulis bambusae in taenian, tuber pinellia, arisaema cum bile; for patients with insomnia add prepared wild jujube, Dens Draconis; for patients with hypertension add Abalone shell; for patients with impaired movement add scorpion, earthworm; for patients with headache, heavy head add rhizoma gastrodiae, larva of a silkworm with batrytis.

Dosage:
Use ceramic pot, put in 1,000 - 1,200 ml water inside, then put all herbs into the water to soak for 30 minutes. Use soft fire to cook the water till it become boiled for 10 - 20 minutes. Pour out all water and cook the docoction second time, get the water as before. Mix up the medicinal water you get in two times and divide them into two portion in even qualntity. Take one portion in evening, one in morning. Take the decoction continously for 30 days.

Clinical experiment results:
25 patients received the treatment, 12 gain fully recovery, 13 no result, 10 with improvement.



Formula 3: Sang Ma Rehmanniae Decoction

Composition
mulberry leaf 6g
angelica 6g
grass-leaved sweetflag 6g
Alisma orientale 6g
root bark of the peony tree 6g
polygala 6g
niger seed 12g
Dogwood 12g
radix rehmanniae recen 30g
Chinese yam 30g
tuckahoe 20g
fleece-flower root 15g
medlar 15g
chrysanthemum 15g
prepared liquorice 6g

Variation:
For patients with phlegm heat add caulis bambusae in taenian, tuber pinellia; for patients with insomnia add wild jujube, Dens Draconis; for patients with impaired movement add Salvia miltiorrhiza, scorpion.

Dosage:
Use ceramic pot, put in 1,000 - 1,200 ml water inside, then put all herbs into the water to soakfor 30 minutes. Use soft fire to cook the water till it become boiled for 10 - 20 minutes. Pourout all water and cook the docoction second time, get the water as before. Mix up the medicinal water you get in two times and divide them into two portion in even qualntity. Take one portion in evening, one in morning. Take the decoction continously for 30 days, then rest 3 days before another month of treatment.

Clinical experiment results:
23 patients received the treatment, 9 gain fully recovery, 3 no result, 11 with improvement.


Formula 4: Hua Yu Decoction

Composition:
fleece-flower root 20g
Chinese yam 20g
tortoise plastron 20g
Morinda officinalis 20g
dogwood 15g
medlar 15g
common dodder 15g
root of herbaceous peony with bark 15g
peach kernel 15g
safflower 15g
polygala 15g
radix curcumae 15g
Alisma orientale 15g
Herba Epimedii 15g
Ocher real son 15g
rhizoma ligustici wallichii 15g
grass-leaved sweetflag 25g

Variation:
for patients with dropping saliva or too much phlegm add tuber pinellia,dried orange peel, Poria cocos Wolff: for patients with Qi vacuity add Astragalus root, radix codonopsitis; for patients with insomnia add wild jujube, shelled cedar seed: for patients with dizziness and numbness add rhizoma gastrodiae, uncaria; for patients with thirsty add trichosanthes root, dendrobe; for patients with short breath add Salvia miltiorrhiza, hemlock parsley

Dosage:
Use ceramic pot, put in 1,000 - 1,200 ml water inside, then put all herbs into the water to soak for 30 minutes. Use soft fire to cook the water till it become boiled for 10 - 20 minutes. Pour out all water and cook the docoction second time, get the water as before. Mix up the medicinal water you get in two times and divide them into two portion in even qualntity. Take one portion in evening, one in morning. Take the decoction continously for 30 days.
Or people are advised to make pill in ancient Chinese way and take it 4 to 6 months.

Clinical experiment results:
35 patients received the treatment, 16 gained tremendous improvement, 14 improvement, 5 no results.

Dr. Lee Poxiong and His Herbal Formula Invention
Dr. Lee Poxiong now works as the director of ChaoYang TCM Brain Atrophy Treatment Hospital. As a Dr. Lee Poxiongfounder of the hospital he spent more than 10 years of experiment and research work on using Chinese herbal medicine to treat cerebral atrophy and dementia. More than 7 years of clinical experiments verified its effective rate (patients experience improvement when receiving the treatment) as high as 89% in treating brain atrophy and dementia. The herbal medicine invention called Brain Atrophy Recovery Pill, Brain Awakening and Reconstituting Pill as well as Assisting Herbal Medication have been widely used to patients with cerebral atrophy and dementia. For more information regarding the herbal medicine series please click here.


DaMo Qigong Practice: Deploying Internal Medicine to Treat Brain Atrophy and Dementia

1. Mechanism
Qigong, an ancient science and art of health, is a traditional form of Chinese energy excise and healing art for the body, mind, and spirit. Qigong is ideal for establishing emotional balance in today's stressful lifestyle and for helping to heal seriously ill people--those struggling with chronic degenerative conditions such as paralysis, cancer, asthma, cardiovascular and other more.

People will ask us what the mechanism of qigong is. Generally speaking, like in a rice field, western medicine always have the trend of using all their means to kill the weeds. But in the meantime the rice shoots incur damage, more or less. Most patients know what the results is when they receive radiotherapy and chemotherapy. But for qigong practice, at beginning it will directly strengthen patients immune system and more deep concerning inner energy system. In a word, it seeks to harmonize the relationship of all internal organs and drop the idea to distinguish which is friend and which is enemy. How to achieve such aim, you may ask? For a tree, at the very beginning there is no division of which is normal and which abnormal for it stays at initiative stage of the very root. But later different branches develop into various forms, and good, bad, long, short, etc. come into being. By adopting special means we can reverse the process of growing up and take the course of sailing against the life current to return back to the very beginning. Once we reach that state there should be no any "branches" possibly existing to wield effects upon our physical existence. Qigong is just the method of how to take the reversing course.

As like to let the rice shoots get stronger and stronger, the weeds will have less and less effects upon the rice shoots. As the process continues, sometime the weeds will have no effect upon the rice shoots. Later the time will come of the rice shoots overpowering weeds. And people naturally know why qigong can prolong patients' life expectancy, at least. If patients can properly proceed with the practice, qigong can bring them much more than they could expect, especially the serene happiness general people could never have the chance to experience throughout their life time. Yes, somebody may ridicule at the theory, but no proper practice for a certain period people will never know what the qigong is. Qigong is the study of practice rather than just a theory. Qigong theory will be always beyond the thinking sphere of the persons who never seriously join the practice for a time.


2. Qigong Treatment Course
2-1. Taking Chinese Herbal Medicine
Patients with minor brain atrophy and dementia are advised to take some Chinese medicine Brain Atrophy Recovery Pill and which can help open up channels and collaterals quickly and strengthen immune system. Here we recommend Dr. Lee Poxiong and his herbal formula invention Brain Atrophy Recovery Pill. Taking such herbal medicine can lay a good foundation for Qigong practice to quickly take effect: first is the Yang Qi can have a play ground to arise and reside in. Second, Qi can arise quickly in large amount. When Qi arises from the very deep Qi Ocean the internal organs would function more harmoniously with each other and they would like more to behave as like an integrated unit which can effect incredible power in launching overwhelming force against any potential pathogenic factors.

2-2. Persistent Self-Practice
When channels are opened up and evil Qi is driven away, the excellent environment for Qi to arise comes to be ready and patients should pracitice diligently with the practice every day. Many patients failed to gain final success because they don't have a strong will power in persisting in the practice every day. Qigong practice pay much attention upon how to discipline the false heart. There exist no diseases that cannot be cured, yet there always exist the false heart that could not be dead. So the first step for qigong practice is to discipline the false heart. Zhong Liu once said:" I am a dead man still alive. I can see nothing, I can hear nothing, my thinking ability is gong. I have no consciousness of my existence." All these mean I am dead, yet my mind-will still keeps its presence motionlessly in the infinite emptiness. What am I? I have been dead for thousands of years."

The key for successfully achieving incredible progress lies in rapid storing up adequate Yang Qi, then with it to open up the twelve meridians, Ren channels and Du channel, and the eight extra meridians. When Yang Qi and Primeval Qi smoothly circulate in all channels and collaterals, all evil pathogenic factors will be gradually die out.

There are about twenty postures available for treating ALS in Qigong. If patients persist in practicing these postures six hours every day in a proper way, and keep free from all other stray thoughts intruding upon the heart, there will be no despair anymore! When our heart, as like the root of a tree, falls ' ill,' our body will fall ill. When our heart keeps away from all 'diseases,' our body will be healthy always!

Lee, Xuhan, a great Qigong master accomplished in Tao, once said: " When only the last breath is left along there still exists the opportunity for the patient to recuperate their health again."

For proper Qigong practice, the following lists all the essential things patients should pay attention to:

  • Strong will power in persisting in the practice every day
  • Preserve enough Jing for it is the physical foundation for Qigong progress.
  • Fall the heart into a constant stillness, get rid of all disturbance, abstain from experiencing too much emotional changes.
  • Lead a very simple life, take vegetables rather than food of cold, pepery, fat, too sweet nature.
  • Choose to practice very effective school of Qigong, which can prevent patients from wasting too much time.

3. Service We Offer to ALS Patient
3-1 Free Qigong Course

We'd like to offer free course materials to patients who have interest in practicing the art. Such materials can be sent by emails and is easy to get. We'd like to offer suggestion to practitoners when they encounter any problem with the self practice. They are advised to practice the art every day, together with the chemotherapy and other drugs prescribed by their doctors. Please drop the idea that Qigong practice is easy and can quickly work wonders. Only faith and unswerving resolution and persistence can bring much more harvest than they could expect. Please feel free to click here for details.

3-2 Correspondence Course
Such correspondence course contains 4 VCDs (MPEG format, can play at most computers with Windows system or OS), the book The Way To Eternity and Correspondence Course. The video disc contains qigong master's teaching for 49 postures which is the first step of Laying Foundation and it is a very complicated series practice. Follow the practical teaching practitioners can personally know how to proceed with the practice, step by step.

The course material also contains the book The Way To Eternity (116 pages, A4 paper). Most articles regarding qigong on our homepages are just excerpt from the book and it is a comprehensive one which give a very clear in-depth description to Chinese Taoist practice theory and practical process.

Also, there are correspondence course material (48 pages, A4 paper) which teaches how to proceed with the first, second and third step and all relative information. Most practitioners cannot reach such level and here we offer the approaches. Practitioners are welcome to ask for any questions concerning the practice and more advanced steps and we will give reply in details as soon as possible.. The contents is very rich and every day the combined practicing program is different, in such way practitioners can quickly open all channels and collaterals and establish the strong qi system with which patients can conquer most of the chronic disease. Patients and practitioners who have interest in the course are welcome to click here for details. for details.

3-3. Some Points
To successfully cure chronic diseases with Qigong practice lies upon five essentials:
The first is to discipline the heart throughly, and cleanse the heart of all stray thoughts. The second is continue with the practice three hours every day. The third is to take some herbal medicine and puncture some points in order to lay a good foundation for Qigong practice. The fourth is to pay much attention upon the food you take. Almost 80% of the diseases have less and more connection with the food people take every day. No carefully prepared food you are advised to stop Qigong practice. The fifth is to learn a good school of Qigong. There are many kinds of Qigong in the China and world, yet many practitioners waste their time and money to learn the false kinds.

3-4. Ready-Made Chinese Medicine for Brain Atrophy and Dementia.


Brain Atrophy Recovery Pill
Brain Awakening and Reconstituting Pill



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