Respiratory diseases are common among children, and insufficient effectiveness of traditional treatment schemes make it real to study effectiveness of non traditional therapeutic methods and their action on the immune system. There have been reports of favourable influence of acupuncture SuJok on a number of immunological indices. Normally,sickly children(SC) who falls ill often with bronchopulmonary diseases also known as; Anemia-sickle cell, Hemoglobin SS disease(Hb SS) or Sickle cell disease and find the clinico-immunological effectiveness of using Acupuncture SuJok.
Children who were often suffering from bronchopulmonary diseases (SC BP) with frequent recurrence of acute bronchitis or acute bronchopneumonia. Application of SuJok acupuncture in treatment of sickle-cell has a positive effect, which correlates with data about the effectiveness of this method indicated by a shorter duration of the basic clinical manifestations during the acute period of recurrent disease and by the decreased several episodes during further observation.
Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle-cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin*S. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped(crescent-shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Normal red blood cells are round like doughnuts, and they move through small blood tubes in the body to deliver oxygen. Blood cell Sickle-shaped-become hard, sticky and shaped like sickles used to cut wheat. When these hard and pointed red cells go through the small blood tube, they clog the flow and break apart. This can cause pain, damage and a low blood count, or anemia. When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels,less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle-cell disease. There is a substance in the red cell called hemoglobin that carries oxygen inside the cell. Hemoglobin is a protein inside red blood cells that carries oxygen. Sickle cell anemia caused by an abnormal type of hemoglobin called hemoglobin S. Hemoglobin S distorts the shape of red blood cells, especially when there is low oxygen.
The distorted red blood cells are shaped like crescents or sickles. These fragile, sickle-shaped cells deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues. They also can clog more easily in small blood vessels, and break into pieces that disrupt blood flow.
One little change in this substance causes the hemoglobin to form long rods in the red cell when it gives away oxygen. These rigid rods change the red cell into a sickle shape instead of the round shape, the sickling process begins.
Hemoglobin, main substance of the red blood cell. It helps to carry oxygen from the air into lungs to all parts of the body. Normal red blood cells contain hemoglobin A. Hemoglobin S and hemoglobin C are abnormal types of hemoglobin. Normal red blood cells are soft and round and can squeeze through tiny blood tubes,vessels. People with sickle-cell conditions make a different form of hemoglobin A called hemoglobin S(S stands for sickle). Red blood cells containing mostly hemoglobin S do not live as long as normal red blood cells. They also become stiff, distorted in shape and have difficulty passing through the body’s small blood vessels. When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels,less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle-cell disease.
Sickle Cell Disease are : Sickle Cell Anemia(SS), Sickle-Hemoglobin C Disease(SC), Sickle Beta-Plus Thalassemia and Sickle Beta-Zero Thalassemia.
Sickle Cell trait (AS) is an inherited condition in which both hemoglobin A and S are produced in the red blood cells, always more A than S. Sickle cell conditions are inherited from parents in much the same way as blood type, hair color and texture, eye color and other physical traits. The types of hemoglobin a person makes in the red blood cells depend upon what hemoglobin genes the person inherits from his or her parents. Like most genes, hemoglobin genes are inherited in two sets-one from each parent. If one parent has Sickle Cell Anemia and the other is Normal, all the children will have sickle-cell trait.
Complications from the sickle cells are destroyed rapidly and blocking blood flow and early breaking apart in the body of people with the disease-causing ;
Anemia – low red blood cell counts
Attacks of abdominal pain
Blood blockage in spleen or liver
Bone pain, damage
Delayed growth and puberty
Lung blockage tissue damage(acute chest syndrome
Priapism; painful and prolonged erection or painful episodes
Rapid heart rate
Spleen damage makes sickle-cell disease patients, especially young children,easily overwhelmed by certain bacterial infections.
Ulcers on the lower legs (in adolescents and adults) or skin ulcers
Other symptoms include:
Jaundice, yellowish eyes
Kidney damage and loss of body water in urine
The following guidelines help to keep the sickle-cell patient healthy ;
•Taking the vitamin folic acid supplementation(folate) daily to help make new red cells
•All vaccination till age six to prevent serious infection
•Drinking plenty of water daily
•Avoid too hot or too cold temperatures
•Avoid over exertion and stress
•Getting plenty of rest
•Getting regular check-ups from knowledgeable health care providers
Patients and families should watch for the following conditions that need an urgent medical evaluation;
Fever, Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Increasing tiredness, Abdominal swelling, Unusual headache, Any sudden weakness or loss of feeling, Painful erection that will not go down), Sudden vision change, Oxygen tension.
Signs and tests
Tests commonly performed to diagnose and monitor patients with sickle-cell anemia include:
Complete blood count (CBC)
Sickle cell test
Other tests may include:
CT scan or MRI
Urinary casts or blood in the urine
White blood cell count
One may prevent sickling of red blood cells by:
•Getting enough fluids
•Getting enough oxygen
•Quickly treating infections
THOUGH, Acupuncture SuJok, which itself is a powerful medicine, and aids in strengthening the immune system and serves to prevent diseases, control pain and increase both the ability to act and the quality of people’s lives. It has also helped many people who were not successfully treated through conventional western medicine. Several conditions can be dramatically improved or remedied in full including Sickle Cell Disease.
Acupuncture SuJok is a traditionally accomplished through insertion of very fine needles at the certain energy gates, joints of affected organs in the miniature form of hands or feet. The remission of the disease can be achieved and medicaments therapy simultaneously can be reduced or eliminated altogether. The course of treatment is definitely benefited to such patients, it is quite possible to increase the Immunity, Hemoglobin level, Blood Cells count. No medication is to be stopped immediately untill there is a pathological positive results. One must opt Acupuncture SuJok to enhance the Immunity to overcome such problems.
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