A friend recently wrote asking about acupuncture
treatment for her brother-in-law who has a severe form
of sleep apnea. He lives in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, U.S.A and wanted to know if there are any
acupuncturists in the Durham/Chapel Hill area who have
experience treating sleep apnea with acupuncture.
Of course, any treatment pearls from others would be
welcome as well.
Here is the message from my friend:
> I have another question about acupuncture. My
> brother-in-law, Sam, has a major sleep disorder. He
> remembers it starting around 4 years old; he is now
> in his early 40's. His primary physician has known
> about it for years but recently has encouraged him to
> get tested at a Sleep Clinic. Sam lives in Chapel
> Hill and had testing done recently at UNC's sleep
> clinic. They tested his sleep while hooked up to
> electrodes to his brain and chest. They found out
> that he partially stops breathing around 140
> times/night and had 8 episodes when he stopped
> breathing completely. Sam said he has worse episodes
> that didn't occur during the testing period.
> The doctor reported that once in deep sleep, Sam
> moves to a waking state without going through other
> states of consciousness. Apparently, this abrupt
> pattern confuses the brain and breathing stops. They
> don't know why it happens and want to test him again
> to calibrate a breathing machine for him to use
> during the night and see if it helps. His fear is
> dependence on the machine and since living alone he
> could die if anything went wrong with the machine.
> The doctor told him (Head of Neurology Dept at UNC)
> that if the machine was not calibrated right it could
> kill him. He also feels this treatment at best fixes
> the symptoms but does not correct the problem.
> Sam has tried his best to study this during his life.
> He feels he goes through Bardo-like states (as
> described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead) because
> his body thinks it is dying. He not only wakes up
> without being able to breathe, but is terrified with
> this experience of nightmare-like states. He is
> considering acupuncture vs the breathing machine. Do
> you think this can be helpful? If so, can you
> recommend anyone in the Durham/Chapel Hill area for
\\/ o\ .
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and still am a seeker,
but I no longer do my seeking
among the stars or in books.
I am beginning to hear the lessons
which whisper in my blood."
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