Case Studies – Meningitis


Patient: 39 year old male.

Condition: Benign recurrent aseptic meningitis (Mollaret’s meningitis)

Symptoms: Patient diagnosed in 1990 at a nationally renowned clinic. Onset in 1990. Original symptoms: Could not stand or walk standing straight, severe headache, severe stiff neck, abdominal pain, fever, and light sensitivity. There is no known allopathic medical treatment for this condition. Patient experienced this condition several times per year.

Treatment Overview: Treatment consisted of daily acupuncture and two herbal formulas.

Result: Since the first treatment in 2000, the onsets per year have been reduced in number and severity so that his person no longer uses all his sick and vacation time being ill. Beginning treatment at the very earliest onset has proven to have the strongest result. He then does not have to go to stay in hospital to be on pain medication. Instead he is able to actually continue to go to work.

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Treatment details:In this particular case, knowing the Western diagnosis and that the condition was not contagious was very helpful.

The patient was treated as having a Toxic Heat invasion. The treatment strategy was to rid Toxic Heat, clear the Heat, and calm Shen. Several sets of points were used over the treatment time.

Two of these were:

(1) LI 11, LI 4, Du 20, SI 3 and Liv 3. Liv 3 was selected for three reasons. First, as the patient was under enormous work related stress, second, to support the body’s Qi to move and rid the Toxic Heat and third, as he was in pain from severe headache, severe stiff neck and abdominal pain. The whole body and face were tightened up.

(2) DU 14, Du 20, SI 3, Liv 2 Ear Points: ear apex, shen men, neck.

Daily treatments of one hour’s duration were typical. Needle stimulation every 15 minutes. Chinese Herbal Formulas were also used: Xiao Yao Wan and Golden Flower Coptis Relieve Toxicity. He begins them now at onset and then comes in for treatment immediately.

Disclaimer: This protocol was developed specifically for this patient. It does not contain all protocols used over time with different phases of the acute pattern. It is not meant to be replicated in all instances for treatment of the acute phase of this condition.

Context/Background:There is no known allopathic treatment for this condition. Strong pain medications are utilized.

Meningitis, according to the Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, is “an inflammation of the membranes of the spinal cord or brain”. Mollaret’s meningitis is a non-contagious recurrent form. The Handbook of Clinical Neurology, states: “The syndrome is characterized by attacks of fever associated with signs of meningeal irritation, increased cell count in CSF [cerebral spinal fluid]….and of a self-limited course.” Further, “The patients complain of general malaise, headache, and diffuse muscle and neck pains, together with nausea and vomiting.. Fever is moderate or high…”. “Attacks separated by symptom-free periods of weeks to months. No causative etiologic agent detected.” reports the Meningitis Foundation of America on their informative web site. Continuing “Recent data suggests that herpes simplex type 1 and 2 may be etiologic in some if not most cases of Mollaret’s meningitis.”


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Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 17th Edition, edited by Clayton L. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 1993.

Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Vol. 12 (56): Viral Disease, R.R. McKendall, Editor, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1989.

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