Monday, April 27, 2015

Mesotherapy and Meniere's Disease

Both acupuncture and mesotherapy have proven to be effective in some instances of Meniere's Disease so it is worth some discussion as a natural, non-invasive treatment here.

Meniere's disease is a condition characterized by sudden, sometimes severe attacks of vertigo. The main symptom is the sensation that you or the room is spinning or moving. It is caused by an increase of fluid in your inner ear that affects hearing and balance. 

The disease was named after nineteenth century French physician Prosper Meniere, Meniere's disease involves an increase of fluid pressure in your inner ear. 

Symptoms 

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
Attacks from Meniere’s last between twenty minutes to an hour or longer. The vertigo that accompanies it can be very severe and cause nausea or vomiting. Sometimes there may be healing loss in the affected ear as well as a feeling of pressure. However, the majority of people experience a roaring, buzzing or ringing sound in the affected ear. This symptom is known as tinnitus. The vertigo and buzzing sounds can happen without warning and may become increasingly frequent and severe that life is made miserable by the endless focus of the attention on the unwanted sound.


Meniere’s disease usually occurs only one ear. In rare cases, both ears can be affected. As the disease progresses, hearing loss may be more pronounced. The vertigo attacks may become less frequent over time. 

Causes 

 In Meniere's disease, an increase in this fluid can produce abnormal signals in the membranes of the vestibular labyrinth (the tubes in the inner ear) that tell your brain you're in motion even though you're actually still. The exact physical trigger of Meniere's disease is unknown. 

Goals For Treatment

The goal of treatment for Meniere's disease is to manage the symptoms and prevent or decrease the number of attacks. Medication can help control some of the more unpleasant symptoms. Anti-vertigo medications, such as meclizine (Antivert), may combat the spinning sensation. 

Mesotherapy applied near the acupuncture points around the jaw and ear and also on the inner part of the foot and calf muscles is also effective. That is because injection therapy can help open blocked chi channels as well as help the body adjust its potassium and sodium levels.  People who cannot regulate this balance tend to be more prone to deafness and ringing in the ears.

Recommended homeopathic remedies for Neniere's include Salicylicu acidum, Natrum salicylicum, Nux vomica and Cenopodium.

You might also recommend that your Meniere's patient limit salt from his or her diet as these elements can lead to dizziness. 

You want to avoid your patient opting for the  severe and debilitating a surgery that may be performed to get rid of the pain and annoyance of the symptoms of Meniere's.  Operations to reduce excess fluid from the ear or remove bones from the inner ear might be performed Your patient could also receive a shunt in your ear to drain the extra fluid. 

Although the attacks associated with Meniere's disease can be upsetting and sometimes disabling, Meniere's disease itself isn't life-threatening. For most people, the attacks are infrequent and the disorder is primarily annoying. For a few people, Meniere's disease can lead to complete deafness in the affected ear, and the vertigo and accompanying nausea can be frequent and debilitating, in which case mesotherapy can be of assistance just to offset the symptoms.


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