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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is one of common illnesses in neurology, generally it may be related to auto immuno inflammation in peripheral nerves, GBS usually also called Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP), occationally GBS also has chronic condition, called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy(CIDP). Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology are very effective therapies in GBS acute stage and recovery stage.

Here are several case studies or patients’ testimonies.

Patient 1. Mr. J.A.A. 49 years old.
(He aggreed to publish this case study, and he said we could use his real name, but we still use his name’s initial here).

First visit (10/15/2005): Main complain are weakness and tingling in both legs 8 month. Patient had spleen removal surgery last year because he had continuous decreasing in white blood cells and platelet. In the early Janurary patient had left-sided facial weakness and apparent facial droop, as well as numbness and tingling in hands and feet. One month late, the facial palsy recovered, the numbness, tingling worse in hands and feet, since Feburary patient has obvious weakness in both legs, couldn’t walk normally. He was admitted in hospital and had five dose of IVIG treatment because of his acute neuropathy consistent with Guillain Barre syndrome. He felt the treatment improved his weakness about 5%.

When patient saw Dr. Fan, patient just could walk 50 feet with the help of his wife. He had difficulty to move in or out of his car, he had steppage gait. Both hands and feet numbness, tingling and tight. Taking pain killer to ease the multiple-site muscle pain. There were obvious muscle weakness at right upper back and four extremities. Sometime patient dropped the dishes or other stuff because the hand weakness and short of sensation (esp. right hand no. 3, 4 fingers and inner side of forearm). There was a muscle cramp at right leg almost everyday. Patient still took Vitmine B1, B2, B6 and shoot B12. PE: Tendon reflexion disappeared in four extremities; Muscle tone (++-); Sensation: pain-exist, touch-generally exist. Muscle force: both leg 4+. Hands 3+. Treatment: Acupuncture.

No.2 visit (10/18/2005): After initial acupuncture, patient felt the sensation at left hand and right foot seemed better. However, during next two days, the sensation still bed-numbness, tingling and pain. Right leg still cramp, esp.at waking up in the morning. There was a obvious purple marks at the front and sides of the the tongue surface, his pulse was string and slippery. Starting Chinese “herbal tea” (herbal decoction, the method of tonifying the Qi and dispelling the blood stagnant) with the electroacupuncture.

No.3 visit (10/25/2005): The weakness and numbness was “much less”. If the initial weakness as 100%, immediate after the no.3 acupuncture treatment, patient felt recovered 30%.

No.6 visit (11/02/2005): The sensation recoveral rate reached 40-60% (there was 20% fluctuation in different days). The recovery of right leg was a slight quicker than that of other extremities. Left hand still hard to hold the dish, often dropping dishes.

No.10 visit (11/15/2005): Patient felt he had more energy and could walk more longer distance ever. However, when he felt tired the weakness and nubness/tingling seemed worse than before. Continue the Chinese herbal tea and electroacupuncture.

No.12 visit (11/22/2005): Patient felt Dr.Fan’s treatment was very successful. Currently he could walk independently over one mile (at initial visit, he just could walk 50 feet with other’s help), could conduct almost every daily personal work, such as fastening the shoes’ tie. Could left 15 Lb (initial visit 2 Lb).

No.13 visit (11/27/2005): Currently, patient has one full-time job Monday to Friday, also has another part-time job in weekends. In weekdays evening, he also takes course in a college. These would be a big challege to him. Today after 8 hours working, patient felt very tire and felt glove sensation at hands and feet. Initially he just could work as part-time worker. But anyway, patient felt much better than before, he has more energy, could squat down and up freely (at initial visit, patient couldn’t do that). Patient quited all medications (such as vitmins and Licara which is for neuropathy). And patient’s sensation is more allert, now he could feel electrical sensation when acupuncture.

No.15 visit (12/03/2005): Patient danced into my clinic, which showed his improving in movement and balance, as well as in a good emotion. Continue electroacupuncture and Chinese herbal tea.

No.16 visit (12/06/2005): Patient evaluated his condition–has improved 65% (65% normal) since 10/15/2005.

No. 17 visit (12/10/2005): Patient danced into my office, he and his wife were very happy. His recovery rate reached 70% today. However, still had some numbness at fingers or/and toes. The tightness and tingling sensation at left foot bottom became occationally. Patient had more energy. Muscle force at both legs: 5. hands 5-. Muscle tone (++). Tondon reflex still poor(+-). The improvents were at: (1) Balance;Gait; (2) Muscle force; (3) Sensation; (4) Daily activities and fine work; (5) Working. (Note: Patient signed above evaluation and agreed to publish his case study.)

Patient 2. Ms. S. J. 43 years old.

First visit (11/24/2006): Main complain is Dyspnea, both legs weakness for two month. Patient had Guillain barre syndrome two month ago, initially she had dyspnea, heavy on chest, swollow difficulty and both legs couldn’t walk, tingling below the chest. Currently she could walk about one mile per day total half hour, but the gait abnormal, felt tired and short of energy. Hands shaking, couldn’t type the keyboard of computer, just could using three fingers. There was still heavy sensation in chest/breathing difficulty, couldn’t breath deeply. Basically patient’s muscle force: 4. Tendon Reflex (+-); Treatments: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal tea.

No.2 visit (11/28/2006): Felt better, could walk longer.

No.3 visit (12/02/2006): Big improvement, recovered 30% (baseline: initial visit as 100% weakness). Hands no shaking aleady 48 hours, both legs’ Touching sensation recovered, breathing almost normal,still had slight heavyness in chest.

No.4 visit (12/06/2006): Could walk 2.5 miles per time. Using fingers normally, esp. typing was normalized. The gait much better.

No.5 visit (12/09/2006): Hands no shaking, typing keyboard already normal. “Definit improved!” Patient said.

No.6 visit (12/12/2006): Much better. (1) whole condition, mainly the ability of movement: 70% recovered. If the score at first vist was 10, now 3. Could walking 3.5 miles in one hand half hour; (2) Sensation: arms sensation- recovered 80%, if at first visit it was 10, now 2. And from constant numbness/tingling to occationally, just in night; legs sensation- recovered 90%, score 10 dropped to 1. When acupuncture, patient could feel more sensative than before. (3) Chest heavy or breathing difficulty, recovered 80%, score 10 dropped to 2. (Note: Patient signed for above evaluation.)

No.10 visit (12/30/2006): Much better. Feel almost normal. But right leg is weeker than left.

No.12 visit (01/09/2007): Tendon reflex recovered good, currently: both elbows (+ to ++), knee (++), ankles (+- to +). Feels tired due to catching a cold. Sensation recovering is good, already amost normal.

Patient 3. Mr. W. W. 58 years old.

First vist (12/04/2006): Main complain is pain in both hands and feet, low energy for 3 years. Patient had GBS 3 years ago, at that time he couldn’t move and stayed in hospital for IVIG treatment 3 weeks, after that he also had 2 month treatments in a rehab center. Then his movement is recovered. But the pain, tingling and numbness in both hands/palms, and feet bottoms do not disappear. And the problem is even worse when he gets tired or short of sleeping. The pain, tingling and numbness would increase and spread up to elbows and knees. Also, when he gets tired, the movement also becomes poor. The issue is he is very easy to get tired and short of energy. The neurological examination generally is normal, included in both movement and sensation, except the tendon relexion(-) at extremities. Treaments: acupuncture and Chinese herbal tea.

No.2 visit (12/07/2006): much better.

No.3 visit (12/11/2006): almost hasn’t any pain, tingling and numbness in hands and feet bottoms. Seems have more energy.

No.4 visit (12/14/2006): no any symptom in hands, but there is numbness at feet bottom. “Due to some reason, today my energy is lower than the day before”. Tongue purplish, pulse thin. We modified the formula in Chinese herbal tea.

No.8 visit (01/02/2007): no any symptom and feels good, although slept late in new year patient didn’t feel low energy and tingling, nubmness and weekness on extremities. Patient decides terminate acupuncture and continue the Chinese herbal tea for stablizing his condition.


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Neuropathy and severe pain


 I started going to Dr. Yin Fan for acupuncture to treat neuropathy caused by severe nerve damage to my spinal cord. Modern medicine alone was not treating the associated neurogenic pain. After several sessions, I had a very noticeable decrease in pain. I also gained a noticeable amount of positive sensation. Feeling that I had lost to the injury had begun to return. During this time my energy level also increased. Overall it made a significant difference in my life / recovery.

A. L.

Norfolk, Virginia

Neuropathy, Burning Pain 

I came to Dr. Fan for neuropathy in my neck, shoulder, and arm. I have a bone spur in my neck that was causing a lot of severe burning pain and sensation discomfort. After 12 sessions (acupuncture), the burning sensation is barely there, the first few times the pain level was up and down, but the last month the discomfort is almost all gone and the remains very low. I feel much, much better and encouraged. Dr.Fan is very gentle and kind and I thank him very much for help me.


Fairfax, Virginia

Arthur Fan note:

For neuropathy, although the original causes may be complicated, acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a very effective therapy.

We have one herbal formula which was approved by Chinese FDA (jiangsu province) as hospital use, very good for Neuropathy and pain,called LIU JUN SAN.


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Extreme Fatigue, Epilepsy —Autonomic Nervous Seizure, Tics.

Epilepsy treated by Dr Arthur Fan

Mr. A.C. 59 Years Old. Mr. A.C. first visit to Dr. Arthur Fan was October 9, 2004. Mr. A.C. explained to Dr. Fan that he was experiencing extreme fatigue and had been feeling this fatigue for over a year and half. Since the spring of 2003, Mr. A.C. had felt exhausted / extremely fatigued.?However, he did not know why he was feeling so exhausted. Mr. A.C. stated that he then experienced a partial recovery and seemed to be feeling less fatigue in the summer of 2004. But in July of 2004, Mr. A.C. symptoms became more severe; he became lethargic and the patient lost almost all daily activity. During the summer of 2004, Mr. A.C. spent his days lying in bed. The patient indicated that he was walking less than 15 minutes per day. He also indicated that he needed help to be fed and needed help getting dressed. Without assistance doing normal daily activities, the patient would experience the onset of extreme fatigue. Mr. A.C. would experience relapses when he heard certain noises, moved his hands or fingers, watched television, or used a computer.

The three types of symptom groups experienced were:

1.) Sudden onset of thoracic tightness, obstruction of the thorax with nausea, skin on the back tightening and difficulty breathing— (these symptoms would last several seconds and the patient would feel extremely uncomfortable).

2.) Sudden onset of numbness, tingling and the feeling of coldness in his arms and legs (when other people touched his extremities they did not feel the coldness), sudden hypertension and anxiety which would cause Mr. A.C. heart rate to increase to over 100 beats per sec, his face would turn red, his whole body would begin to perspire and he would then faint. (These symptoms would also last several seconds and recur several times during a day. This would happen for several hours.) After these episodes, the patient would experience lethargy, and says he was extremely tired for several days.

3.) Mr. A.C. also would feel like his throat was obstructed, he could not breathe and his voice would make a spasmodic sound, and he would make a tic sound which sounded like, ge, ge? (These symptoms would present themselves very often.) According to Mr. A.C., he had experienced similar symptoms over 30 years ago when he contracted Hepatitis A, he stated that he had experienced a high fever like that of a common cold. He recovered, he said, after treating his condition with herbal tea prescribed by an experienced doctor. After a complete physical and neurological examination, nothing seemed abnormal except some tics in his throat muscles.(Dr. Fan indicated that there are Ke, Ke?spasm-sounds when he tells his medical history, slightly decreased muscular strength (4+/in 0-5 scale), a bitter taste in his mouth, a thick yellow coating (fur) on his tongue, yellow looking skin color, a low pulse rate and minor bouts with slight diarrhea, or loose stools. Dr. Fan indicated no abnormalities in EEG, EMG, brain MRI, Sono Echocard, chest CT, etc.

Diagnosis: Extreme Fatigue, Epilepsy-Autonomic Nervous Seizure, Tics; Wet-heat type syndrome in Traditional Chinese medicine. Treatments:
1. Acupuncture, 2 sessions per week;
2. Individualized Chinese herbal tea, adjusted the herbs and dosage by each week.

In order to accurately document any change in the patient’s condition, a symptom index was adopted. Dates are on the bottom while the patient provided a figure (10 to 140. —0 is no onset, 140 is the worst—). The symptom index is the sum of whole week of the symptom’s severity level of all three groups of symptoms multiplied by the number of hours of onset per day. For example, on Sunday, the patient had level 2 symptoms, and they lasted about 3 hours, so the index was 6;on Monday, he had level 5 symptoms, but only for half an hour, so the index would be 2.5. In order to determine the patient’s progress, the Sum of the whole 7 days?indexes, would create the quotient of the symptom index?for that week. After 16 sessions of acupuncture and 8 weeks of herbal tea treatment,

Mr. A.C. says, Dear Dr. Fan, Thank you so very much for improving the quality of my life! The acupuncture treatments have been very effective. In fact, there have been some days since December 1st, 2005 where I have had absolutely no symptoms. I can now eat, get out of bed, put on my own clothes and can actually walk home. I can also get up for several hours a day now. Before I saw you and you gave me the teas and acupuncture treatments I was lying in bed all day. I know the acupuncture is a good treatment for stopping my second group of symptoms. Thank you so much!!!? Dr. Fan states that during February to May of 2005, Mr. A.C. had a slight relapse due to too much of daily activities and stress.?Mr. Fan adjusted the herbal medicine to help control Mr. A.C.’s emotional state. Dr. Fan noted that his patient’s condition became better and better (see the symptom index in figure), he stopped the acupuncture treatments and just prescribed that Mr. A.C. drink herbal tea. Currently, patient feels the condition is very stable and almost all three groups?symptoms have disappeared. Dr. Fan is now working on stabilizing the effectiveness and restoring patient’s constitution. Dr. Fan’s methods and treatments with acupuncture and herbal tea are very effective for many different types of illnesses. His alternative health practice is making people lives better every day.

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