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Anosmia treatment?


Has anyone ever successfully treated Anosmia? This is where the patient looses their sense of smell and taste.


Yes, but your treatment needs to be tailored to them both in Chinese Medicine terms (see "treating the cause and not the symptoms - basically treat their underlying Chinese diagnosis not their symptoms) and in Western Medicine terms (brain injury, sensory issues, sinus congestion, etc.).

In general those with anosmia from sinus issues will take a shorter time to resolve than those who have suffered significant head trauma for example. But even that is not a given. The most important thing is that you focus on the cause and the underlying contributing factors and not the result with your treatment plan.


In my admittedly limited clinical experience I have successfully treated anosmia all of three times that I can recall. Each of the cases was acute, meaning that I saw them within two weeks of the initial loss. I have another two patients with loss of taste (unsurprisingly both are smokers) that began years ago and I’ve not had any success with either of them, at least for their anosmia. My experience seems to match what I was taught in school; there is a relatively limited window of time in which anosmia can be treated with acupuncture.


Thank you Stephen for your reply. My friend does not smoke and he has had this condition for several months. I will continue to see if there is anything that can be done for this condition.


Hi Chad
Thank you for your reply. I do not believe he has any sinus issues or trauma. I shall direct him to someone in his area that might be of some assistance.


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