MSA – Introduction (typical conventional medicine’s viewpoint)

Source: PSP Australia & Parkinson’s Australia

Multiple System Atrophy is a rare neurological (brain) condition. It is caused by a gradual loss of nerve cells and shrinkage (atrophy) of brain cells in the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, speech and the automatic functions of the body (symptoms include bladder problems, constipation, sleep disturbance, dizziness caused by low blood pressure).

Cause or origination of a disease from OPM viewpoint

Refer to  Origination of Disease or Illness;  Chart of Origin Point Treatment Coverage

From Origin Point’s principles, when our body’s heat-energy level is low (heat-energy-deficient), it will adversely affect our body’s self-healing mechanisms. Also, heat-energy-deficiency may create tension/injury at some of the ‘weakened’ origin points. This leads to origin-point-injury which produces symptoms of disease at the corresponding regions of the body.

Multiple System Atrophy

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Leong Law.

Note: This MSA patient is undergoing OPM treatments since 19 Dec 2013. The diary entries serve as records of any improvement in his health condition as reported or observed.

Final editing completed on 2 March 2014.

Symptoms

Patient started having slight difficulty with mobility and balance control about 2 years ago, back in 2012.

He couldn’t talk properly and had a ‘slurry speech’ since one year ago. He collapsed at his workplace in March 2013 and then was diagnosed with the MSA disease. He stopped working as his physical strength & muscle control significantly weakened. He used a walking stick for balancing.  Swelling in the limbs & in his face started to appear from May 2013. Before the origin point treatments, the patient had to get up three times during the night to use the toilet. His bowel movement was poor, passing motion once every 3 to 5 days, requiring much effort and time. His back was covered in rashes, mostly dry on the lower back with visibly ‘fresh’ rashes on the upper back.

Prognosis (expected outcome of disease)

The average time from the initial symptoms to a combined motor and autonomic dysfunction was two years. Average intervals from onset to aid‐requiring walking, confinement to a wheelchair, a bedridden state and death were 3, 5, 8 and 9 years, respectively.

OPM Standard Treatment

The standard treatment applying the OPM principles & methods involves:

  • Antui:  Press & Push massage OPM-style – removing the OP-injury which caused the symptom.
  • Wenfu: Warm compress or thermotherapy – external heat sources including heat pack filled with azuki/red beans, wheat or microwaveable gel; infra-red heating lamp; electric-heated underblanket.
  • Jiangtang: Ginger soup prepared OPM-style – ginger is the recommended internal heat source; other sources include ginseng, spices like chilli, curry, peppercorn. Internal heat source includes heat-generating physical exercises.

Refer to Vegetarian Food (Innate-heat) Cold/Hot Table.

An OPM patient must also keep to ‘The Five Precepts of OPM’ and avoid doing things that deplete body’s heat-energy.

NO MORE COLD WATER, SOFT DRINKS, ALCOHOL, ICE-CREAM, FRUIT-JUICE, RAW VEGETABLE & SALAD. DRINK GINGER SOUP WHENEVER YOU FEEL THIRSTY. YOUR BODY WILL SIGNAL YOU IF IT REQUIRES HYDRATION. DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRACTICE OF ‘DRINK 8 GLASSES OF COLD WATER’ IN THE MORNING!

Treatment No. 1 (19 Dec 2013) – Day 01

Much time was spent on interviewing the patient’s presenting conditions, understanding his diet & medications, and explaining OPM principles.

I advised him to stop the ‘banana diet’ dinner for weight loss. Firstly, banana belongs to the ‘chilling/cooling’ category of the Food (Innate Heat) Cold vs Hot Table.  Secondly, he was suffering from ‘oedema/swelling’ symptom and not overweight. Thirdly, he needed to have a proper dinner to supply his body with required energy. The patient was given about 300 ml of ginger soup boiled from 400 g of ginger & 1000 ml of water.

For the first antui massage, only light to moderate pressure was applied so as to assess the patient’s reaction/sensitivity to OPM treatment. Corresponding to the symptoms of MSA made known to me, I antui massaged the following OPs:  * Head-OPs * Neck-OPs* Upper Back-OPs * Sacral-OPs * Gluteal-OPs. The patient seemed insensitive to pressure and reported no painful OPPs (origin pain points) except for the Sacral-OP no. 1 which had slight pain.

Treatment No. 2 (20 Dec 2013) – Day 02

The patient reported no discomfort, no aches or pains after the 1st treatment & the drinking of ginger soup. He reported the first positive feedback – he slept well after the massage and was applying the heat pack.

Today I applied more pressure doing antui to find more sensitive Origin-Pain-Points (OPPs) among the series of Origin Points in each of the regions.

  • Pain 4/10 Bi-lateral Sacral-OP no. 1
  • Pain 5/10 Left>Right Behind earlobe-OPs
  • Pain 4/10 Left Upper back-OPs no. 3 & 4.
  • No OPP for Occipital-OPs
  • No OPP for Elbow-OPs
Treatment No. 3 (22 Dec 2013) – Day 04

(The patient had some pain on his back on 21 December. He was advised to apply Wenfu warm compress on the origin points.)

The patient reported his progress in (a) applying heat pack on Head-OPs; sleeping on electric-heated underblanket; (b) consuming ginger soup boiled from 30 g ginger granules in 1000 ml of water reduced to 250 ml; (c) walking exercise 3 times yesterday. After the antui massage, I introduced shuai-shou (swing-hand) exercise, a simplified Qigong exercise created by Bodhidharma (Da Mo) the Indian monk who resided  in Shaolin Temple. The patient was asked to initially swing 100 times per session, 3 sessions per day.

[Ping-shuai-gong is a version promoted worldwide by a Taiwanese Qigong master Mr Lee, Feng-San.

For Antui, I pressed very hard, using my body weight, to work on the gluteal-OPs, and yet could not find a more sensitive Origin-Pain-Points (OPPs). It was different to the case of the head-OPs.

Pain 6/10 Left & Right, Behind-earlobe-OPs (with very light knuckle pressure 3/10)

  • No OPP for sub-occipital-OPs
  • No OPP for neck-OPs
  • No OPP for upperback-OPs
  • No OPP for gluteal-OPs
  • Pain 4/10 sacral-OP no. 1 (L&R), no. 2 (Left only).
Treatment No. 4 (24 Dec 2013) – Day 06

The patient reported improvement in bladder control noticeable since two nights ago. He didn’t need to wake up to go to toilet! (The night after treatment no. 3). Yesterday, he increased the dosage of ginger granule to 50 g or equivalent of 500 g of fresh ginger. He has also been sleeping on the electric heated underblanket.

Refer to treatment no. 3 for Antui massage. I worked even harder on the sacral-OPs given the encouraging feedback on urine control.

Treatment No. 5 (26 Dec 2013) – Day 08

Today is one week into OPM treatment. The patient was happy with the loss of weight at 66.6 kg today versus 70 kg last week. This was achieved despite stopping the banana diet and resuming eating a proper meal for dinner. We noticed that swelling at the ankle, feet & hands have reduced.

With more information about MSA gathered from Internet, and observing the boxes of medicine still lying around, I enquired to his needs for pain-killer, vitamin D pills and two prescribed pills for bowel movement. Sometimes he suffered from headaches, and his friends bought him vitamin D pills for his bones? His doctor prescribed two types of pills for softening hard stools. His bowel movement was poor, passing motion only once every 3 to 5 days. Each time requiring about half an hour of efford.

For antui massage, I added lowerback-OPs to the ‘routine’ to treat the bowel dysfunction.

  • Pain 6/10 Left & Right, behind-earlobe-OPs
  • Pain 5/10 Left & Right, sub-occipital-OP no. 1 & no. 2
  • No OPP for neck-OPs
  • No OPP for upperback-OPs
  • Pain 5/10 Left & Right, lowerback-OP no. 4 & no. 5 (bottom two points near to the hip bone)
  • No OPP for gluteal-OPs
  • Pain 4/10 Left & Right, sacral-OP no. 1
Treatment No. 6 (29 Dec 2013) – Day 11

The patient reported improvement with his constipation. He succeeded on Friday – Day 09 and on Sunday, this morning of Day 11. His stool was hard but I was encouraged by the frequency.

Today, he also reported feeling warmer in his hands and feet. Previously he has ‘cold hands and feet’. This may be the result of increased consumption of ginger soup which boosted his heat-energy.

Treatment No. 7 (31 Dec 2013) – Day 13

The patient was happy when looking into the mirror this morning and noticed that the swelling in his face has gone down.

He also reportedly carried out my instructions and exercised more (Ping Shuai Gong – arm swinging Qigong), applied heat pack on the back of head OPs, among other things.

OP Treatments in January 2014 – Summary

From 3 Jan 2014 (Treatment No. 8) to 29 Jan 2014 (Treatment No.17, Day 42) – OP treatments were given to the patient at around 3 to 4 times per week. The Origin Pain Points discovered and treated with antui were similar to those listed in Treatment No. 5.

At the start of each visit I would obtain patient’s feedback on the following items:

  • Sleep pattern – improved sleeping quality since Treatment No.1 when he started heatpack wenfu on his Head-OPs
  • Bladder control – no need to wake up at night to use the toilet since Treatment No. 3
  • Bowel movement – moderate improvement of constipation problem; before OP – patient passed  hard stool once every 4 or 5 days; after OP – passes softer stool once every 1 to 3 days.
  • Consumption of ginger soup – he has gradually increased the amount of ginger granules from 20 g to 75 g (15 tablespoon). This amount of ginger granules is estimated to be the equivalent of 750 g fresh ginger.
  • Application of wenfu or thermotherapy using heat pack – he sleeps on electric heated underblanket every night to get 8-10 hours of prolonged warming to the body. During the day he sits on a chair lined with another heated underblanket while watching television. Sometimes he applies wenfu thermotherapy on his Head-OPs.
  • Doing physical exercises – he was told not to sit down for too long as hurting his Gluteal-OPs would affect his ability to walk; prescribed exercises included Pingshuai Gong (swinging of the arms Qigong) and regular walking around the house.

Observation of physical Improvement:

  • I noticed much improvement in his core body strength since Treatment No. 9 or Day 18;
  • before OP – patient’s arms & body trembled when he was pushing up with his arms to get up from the bed;
  • after OP – patient pushes his body up smoothly when getting up from a sleeping position.
Patient To Continue Doing What’s Effective in OPM

I had to discontinue house-visit OPM treatments for the patient at the end of Janauary 2014, the end of my summer holidays.

The patient has seen positive results from receiving OPM treatments. He believes in the idea of the Three Treasures of Origin Point Medicine – Antui, Jiangtang & Wenfu. He lives alone and has no one else to perform antui on him. But I believe his body’s self-healing mechanism will continue to improve if he persists on applying wenfu thermotherapy, consuming jiangtang or ginger water and exercises regularly to boost his body’s heat-energy.