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Healing Brain Injury with Chinese Medical Approaches


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Part One: Introduction. 1. The "Silent Epidemic". 2. Standard Assessment and Diagnostics. 3. Treatment Mechanisms of Acupuncture. Part Two: Neuroanatomy and Pathology. 4. Brainstem and Cranial Nerve Injury. 5. Cerebellum Injury. 6. Occipital Lobe Injury. 7. Limbic System Injury. 8. Parietal Lobe Injury. 9. Temporal Lobe Injury. 10. Frontal Lobe Injury. Part Three: Chinese Medical Concepts and Approaches. 11. Nao: The Chinese Medical Concept of the Brain. 12. The Concept of Blood Stasis in Brain Injuries. 13. Chinese Medical Approach to Mild Brain Injury/Post-Concussion Syndrome. 14. Chinese Medical Approach to Acute Brain Injury. 15. Chinese Medical Approach to Chronic Brain Injury. Part Four: Physical Symptoms. 16. Headaches. 17. Fatigue. 18. Dizziness. 19. Tinnitus. 20. Nausea/Vomiting. 21. Dysphagia. 22. Seizures. 23. Chronic Pain. 24. Numbness/Neuralgia. 25. Paralysis/Atrophy. 26. Hormonal Dysregulation. 27. Incontinence and Bowel Disorders. 28. Sexual Dysfunction. 29. Visual Disturbances. 30. Sleep Disturbances. Part Five: Cognitive Symptoms. 31. Attention/Concentration. 32. Impaired Memory. 33. Executive Function and Cognition. 34. Dementia. 35. Language and Communication. Part Six: Mental/Emotional Symptoms. 36. Anxiousness. 37. Depressed Feelings. 38. Mania. 39. Bipolar. 40. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Impulse Control. 41. Schizophrenia. 42. Hallucinations. 43. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 44. Behavioral Changes and Emotional Lability. 45. Substance Abuse. Part Seven: Special Considerations. 46. Special Considerations in Pediatric and Adolescent Brain Injury. 47. Special Considerations in Military Populations. 48. Other Natural Therapeutic Considerations: Diet and Exercise. Appendices.

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A clinical guide to treating brain injury using Chinese medicine

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Douglas Wingate is an acupuncturist in private practice specializing in brain injury. He has presented at the Pacific NW Brain Injury Conference and been a board member and volunteered with multiple non-profits for brain injury. He lives in Oregon, USA.


This book provides a clinically-oriented and comprehensive transdisciplinary approach to the treatment of head injuries and their sequelae. Douglas Wingate skillfully opens Chinese medicine to a broader audience while maintaining its conceptual integrity and classical clinical wisdom. This work delivers a much-needed resource in facilitating person-centered collaborative care. -- Mitchell Bebel Stargrove, ND, LAc, Author, Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions; Editor-in-chief, IBIS: Integrative BodyMind Information System

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