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At the conclusion of each acupuncture session, Eric received an intramuscular injection of a modified Myer's Cocktail (vitamin B12, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and magnesium). Clinically, Eric showed signs of B12 deficiency, possibly due to digestive malabsorption, including episodes of weakness or light-headedness, chest pain and heart palpitations. Magnesium, besides having cardiac anti-arrhythmic effect,18 has been related to regulation of anxiety and autonomic dysfunction.19 Eric's daily oral dose ofmagnesium was 800 mg. His prescribed oral supplement program also included the Chinese herbal formula, Dan Shen Pian. Its main ingredient is the Danshen or salvia root, traditionally used for circulationproblems such as chest pain, tightness or oppression, and other conditions of the heart and circulation, including rapid heartbeat as well as hyperlipidemia. It appears to work by preventing platelet and blood clotting, thus thinning the blood, causing blood vessels to widen, and improving circulation.20 Its capacity to protect against arrhythmias is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine function of moving and invigorating the blood, making sluggish or "stagnant blood" flow freely.21 The traditional Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) was also prescribed for anxiety, based on clinical experience and randomized controlled human studies concluding more significant improvement than placebo on anxiety and stress outcome scales.22 The treatment plan below contains a complete list of Eric's prescribed botanical and nutritional medications.
- Dan Shen formula
- Trace Minerals/Electrolytes formula
- Magnesium citrate
- Stress Factors formula
- Stomach Comfort (Chewable herbal digestive aid)
- Fields of Flowers (homeopathic/essential oils calming formula)
- Gugulipo formula (Ayurvedic and Western herbs for lowering blood lipids)
- HCL Plus (Betaine hydrochloric acid with ox bile extract)
- Marcozymes (proteolytic enzymes)
- Similase GFCF (digestive enzymes)
- Organic Lithium (10 mgs.)
- Muscle Calm formula (Calcium, Magnesium and relaxant herbs)
- Triguard Plus (Antimicrobial: tea tree oil, olive leaf, colloidal silver)
- A-Biotic formula (Antimicrobial: garlic, oregano, elderberry)
- Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU) daily
- G.I. Harmony formula (traditional Chinese herbal digestive formula)
Eighteen weeks after beginning his treatment program, Eric's PVC's were very infrequent and minor. His anxiety and digestive symptoms had also diminished to a manageable level, and his energy was much improved. His cardiologist was delighted with his progress. He has continued to phase out of the frequency of treatments and the level of oral supplementation.
By assessing this familiar constellation of symptoms in terms of the unifying autonomic dysregulation syndrome (ADS), treatment agents (physical, psychological, and metabolic) may be appropriately prescribed to address the overall goal of autonomic regulation.
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Richard Kitaeff, MA, ND, DipAc, LAc, was the first Westerner to graduate from Meiji University of Oriental Medicine in Osaka, Japan. Kitaeff was also licensed as an acupuncturist by the government of Japan in 1975, and was a member of the first graduating class of naturopathic physicians from Bastyr University in 1982. He interned at the Osaka Medical College Pain Clinic and the Kyoto Pain Control Institute. Richard Kitaeff's research on acupuncture and endorphins, carried out at the University of Washington School of Medicine and published in the journal Pain, was the first to verify the analgesic effect of acupuncture through objective (EEG) measurement.
As a pioneering North American acupuncturist, he founded and directed acupuncture training programs of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Bastyr University in Seattle and was founding president of the Acupuncture Association of Washington. He has additionally taught acupuncture and pain management courses and seminars at Meiji, Friends World College, University of Washington, City University (Seattle), Pacific Acupuncture College and Southwest Acupuncture College. He has been an invited speaker at conferences of the American Association of Holistic Medicine, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Washington Association of Physician Assistants, the Northwest Naturopathic Conference, and Northwest Hospital. Kitaeff has also published articles on acupuncture and pain management in Pain, the Townsend Letter, the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, and book chapters in Optimal Wellness, the Textbook of Natural Medicine, and the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
Since 1984, Richard Kitaeff has owned and directed New Health Medical Center in Edmonds, Washington, a multidisciplinary center integrating North American, European, and Asian techniques of pain control, systemic detoxification, allergy elimination and stress management. Since 1999, he has been the only acupuncturist or naturopathic physician to become a staff member of a major hospital in the Northwest, and additionally has been granted privileges at rehabilitation hospitals to treat stroke patients with acupuncture.