Multiple Neuritis

Multiple neuritis is also known as peripheral neuritis. It is a symmetrical sensory disturbance with flaccid paralysis. Symptoms at the distal region of the limb are more severe than at the proximal region, with gradual centripetal development. Onset is insidious, with numbness, distended feeling or tingling of the extremities. Later there is partial or complete sensory loss. As symptoms are more conspicuous distally, there may be a glove or sock-like distribution of the abnormal sensation. Signs of motor disturbance include inability of the fingers to grasp tightly, loss of muscular strength of the four extremities, muscular atrophy and flaccid paralysis. (There may be wrist-drop or ankle-drop.) TCM differentiations would include Blood deficiency and/or Phlegm in the channels.

There may be hyperactivity of tendon reflex at the beginning, later this becomes hypoactive or absent. TCM explanation of this may include Blood deficiency giving rise to internal wind.

This disease is generally due to infection or toxicants as by diphtheria, or other acute or chronic infectious diseases, or toxication by heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, or by carbon monoxide, carbon disulfide, sulfonamide, or isoniazidum. Metabolic disturbances and malnutrition (chronic gastro-enteritis, beri-beri) may also be responsible.


LI 11 Quchi,
SJ 5 Waiguan,
GB 34 Yanglingquan,
GB 39 Xuanzhong,
LI 4 Hegu,
LV 3 Taichong


0.5 - 1 cc. of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 in each point.

Select 2-4 points for each treatment once every other day for ten treatments.


  1. Moxibustion may also be applied.

  2. The underlying disease should also be treated.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company






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