Dr. Floares Iuliu Bulevardul 9 Mai nr. 21, entrance B, flat 36
Piatra Neamt, Romania Phone:  0040 (0)741 135055
Email: ifloares@yahoo.com

As a senior citizen I will accept to apply treatments in any country. I will apply the treatment to children and youngsters, 3 or 4 series per year for 1 or 2 years and continuous monitoring. The client will pay the cost of transportation, accommodation and a negotiable fee.

The paper in the Romanian language can found at: www.floares.ro

A TRIAL OF RECUPERATION TREATMENT

FOR LOW BODY HEIGHT

Instead Of An Introduction

This case was conducted at the Ungureni Camin-Hospital for Severely Handicapped Children, Bacau County, Romania. In 1995, P.M., a 16 years old patient initially institutionalized for second degree retardation and low body height and weight, with no signs of puberty, was receiving treatment with acupuncture for enuresis. The case was entirely unique:

at 7 years old (1986) the patient’s height was 68 cm and her weight was 10kg;

at 9 years old (1988) she was 88cm and 12.5kg;

at 10 years old (1989) she was 88 cm and 13kg.

In 1995, she was measuring 112 cm, which meant a deficit in her stature of 48cm in comparison with the average height, 42cm in comparison with the standard deviation, or 30cm if taking into consideration 2.5 standard deviations.

The idea of a trial treatment came up, in order to correct the above. During the series of 10 sessions of acupuncture, the points DAZHU were added. The surprise was noticed after 6 months, when the second series of treatment for enuresis was began: 118cm! The children’s great receptivity for treatment is well known. After other 6 months: 121cm.

The treatment for low body height was continued up to a total of 50 sessions (5 series carried out over a period of 2 years). During this period of time, a minimal adjuvant drug treatment was also administered: Calcium + D2 – 20 tablets, 2/day, one series, and multivitamins – 20 tablets, 2/day, 2 series.

Meanwhile, the idea of applying the same trial to other patients came up as well as making up a study group and keeping them under observation for a minimum of 3 years.

LOW BODY HEIGHT is considered to be the height that does not correspond to the chronological age, being with 2.5 standard deviations smaller that the one given in tables referring to the infantile population of the same age and gender, from the same country, for the last 20 years. (C.Ciofu, E.Ciofu – “Signs and symptoms in Paediatrics”, page 321 – “The Scientific and Encyclopaedic Publishing House”, Bucharest, 1982).

The parents’ average height should be taken into consideration, but the majority of the handicapped children in this hospital are abandoned and their files don’t contain such data.

For the low body height, the annual growth rhythm should be looked at in relation to successive determinations. During clinical observation, the possible hypophysis failure or hypothyroidism is referred to.

A table containing the average level of development for the children between 4 – 19 years old, living in urban areas in Romania, has been used as an appreciation basis (Prof. Dr. M. Geormaneanu – “Paediatrics”, “The Didactic and Pedagogic Publishing House”, Bucharest, 1983).

Table 1

AGE

BOYS

GIRLS

A

SD

A

SD

4

100.57

4.94

90.76

4.93

5

108.36

5.34

107.72

5.26

6

114.63

5.70

113.94

5.51

7

121.19

5.64

120.41

5.54

8

126.33

5.72

125.39

5.73

9

131.47

6.18

130.69

6.13

10

136.33

6.22

136.19

6.70

11

141.04

6.56

142.40

7.45

12

146.35

7.16

148.94

7.43

13

152.55

8.41

153.85

6.73

14

159.46

9.09

157.28

6.34

15

165.92

8.57

159.12

5.96

16

171.01

7.31

159.92

5.78

17

173.30

6.66

160.53

5.85

18

174.28

6.43

160.66

5.71

19

175.05

6.10

161.06

5.56

A – average; SD – Standard Deviation

For the study, two groups of 30 children each were used: a control group and a treated group. Obviously, children with important and visible low body height formed the group who was administered the treatment. In time, the number of children in each group changed due to transfers (4) and demises (5, of which 4 suffering from AIDS).

There have to be accepted figures without decimals, because in our hospital the height is measured in cm. As a matter of fact, the study itself began with a moderate dose of optimism. The natural growth was not eluded from the appreciation, with its possible arbitrary ‘leaps’.

The control group was formed of 29 children with severe neuro-psychiatric handicap, from the same hospital, chosen randomly and all males (again, randomly); the group is relatively homogenous, with no evident bone problems. The statural deficit (in cm) has been calculated by subtracting the standard deviation (table 1) from the average figures for the normal children, and the results have been centralised in table 2:

The control group Table 2

Current

Initials of

Age

Body height (cm)

The deficit (cm), given the SD

no.

the name

initial

1 year

2 years

3 years

initial

1 year

2 years

3 years

1.

A.A.

8

115

115

118

118

-6

-10

-12

-17

2.

V.G.

9

123

123

123

123

-2

-2

-7

-12

3.

C.I.R.

10

135

138

142

142

0

0

0

-2

4.

M.V.A.

16

146

146

148

160

-18

-21

-20

-9

5.

L.V.

11

134

139

150

156

-1

0

0

0

6.

V.E.

12

137

138

144

145

-2

-6

-6

-12

7.

C.I.

9

108

120

123

123

-17

-10

-12

-16

8.

M.M.

13

130

138

144

155

-14

-12

-13

-9

9.

G.C.

4

130

133

136

139

-20

-24

-28

-28

10.

B.M.

9

105

105

107

107

-20

-25

-28

-32

11.

B.L.

9

120

122

124

125

-5

-8

-11

-14

12.

H.P.S.

6

100

102

115

117

-9

-14

-5

-8

13.

B.I.

9

107

107

108

110

-18

-23

-27

-29

14.

S.L.

9

95

99

103

106

-30

-37

-32

-33

15.

M.S.

9

110

112

114

117

-15

-18

-21

-22

16.

M.L.

12

110

114

119

121

-29

-30

-31

-36

17.

R.M.

16

149

152

156

160

-15

-15

-12

-9

18.

G.A.

10

129

131

135

139

-1

-4

-4

-5

19.

G.B.

10

121

123

126

129

-9

-12

-13

-15

20.

B.C.

15

151

153

156

160

-6

-11

-11

-8

21.

B.C.

17

115

124

127

129

-52

-44

-52

22.

A.A.

13

123

129

130

130

-11

-21

-27

-34

23.

L.M.

13

128

135

140

140

-16

-15

-17

-24

24.

E.M.

10

107

122

127

130

-23

-13

-12

-14

25.

B.D.

15

154

154

155

155

-3

-10

-12

-13

26.

I.F.

14

135

140

146

150

-15

-17

-18

-17

27.

D.V.

12

128

131

135

136

-11

-13

-15

-21

28.

B.M.

13

131

131

135

139

-13

-19

-22

-25

29.

N.C.

13

121

122

123

130

-23

-28

-34

-34

average

-13.8

-15.2

-17.3

-17.7

It can be observed that, with the exception of cases no.3 and 5, all the patients had statural deficits of different values, which increased in a number of 23 cases, during the 3 years of observation. The same observation can be made globally, by calculating the average value. Case no. 21 had to be transferred in a hospital for adults, so that it wasn’t included in the treated group.

The treated group was initially formed of 30 children, of which 22 received the “complete course” and which were followed for a period of 3 years. There weren’t done any Xray investigations of the growing cartilages, in order not to perturb the bioenergetics of the organism.

The Treatment

1. Acupuncture

– V 11 (Dazhu) – Hui and Roe point; applied in tonifying, it strengthens the bones; in this case, it was applied in dispersion !

– S 36 (Zusanli) – tonic of the entire body

– VB 34 (Yianglingquan) – Hui and Roe point, specific for muscles (and tendons).

 

2. Drug treatment

At the end of the first series of treatment: Calcium Gluconate 10 drinkable vials, 1 every 2 days, or Calcium + D2, 20 tablets, 2/day (depending on the possibilities);

Multivitamins, 20 tablets, 2/day, sporadically, generally accompanying a series of acupuncture.

3. Improvement of psychosocial climate.

The Analysis of the Results:

In order to make a comparison with the control group, the statural deficit has been calculated, given 1 standard deviation.

Evolution of the treated patients Table 3

Case

Initials of

Gender

Age

Body height (cm)

The deficit (cm), given 1 SD

no.

name

initial

6 months

1 year

1.5 years

2 years

3 years

initial

1 year

2 years

3 years

1.

P.M.

F

16

112

118

121

123

125

134

-42

-34

-30

-20

2.

B.I.

M

9

102

105

107

112

114

118

-33

-23

-21

-21

3.

M.I.

M

9

96

100

100

100

104

108

-29

-30

-31

-31

4.

D.D.C.

M

9

105

105

105

106

107

113

-20

-25

-28

-26

5.

P.G.

M

8

99

99

99

100

100

102

-21

-26

-30

-33

6.

B.G.

M

10

108

110

112

112

116

120

-22

-23

-23

-24

7.

S.G.

F

14

137

144

144

151

151

153

-14

-9

-2

-1

8.

N.N.

M

15

138

138

140

142

143

147

-19

-24

-24

-21

9.

V.E.L.

F

8

92

98

98

102

102

109

-28

-26

-28

-26

10.

C.C.

F

8

100

100

100

103

106

108

-20

-24

-24

-27

11.

A.M.

F

11

112

115

117

117

120

124

-23

-24

-27

-27

12.

C.A.

F

13

120

120

120

121

123

127

-21

-27

-28

-26

13.

F.A.

M

8

100

102

105

109

110

114

-20

-20

-20

-20

14.

V.S.

M

15

126

126

127

129

133

142

-21

-27

-24

-26

15.

R.M.L.

M

8

95

100

103

104

107

115

-25

-25

-23

-19

16.

E.N.

M

9

107

110

112

114

114

121

-18

-18

-20

-18

17.

C.A.

F

11

115

117

117

118

120

125

-27

-24

-27

-26

18.

S.I.

M

16

108

112

112

112

112

120

-56

-55

-56

-49

19.

B.V.

F

9

90

92

92

96

97

99

-34

-38

-38

-42

20.

P.P.

F

17

144

144

144

144

144

144

-11

-11

-11

21.

B.I.

M

12

109

109

109

109

110

116

-30

-35

-41

-41

22.

M.I.

M

11

104

107

107

107

107

110

-30

-32

-37

-40

average

-25.9

-26.2

-26.8

-26.8

Comparing also the average figures of the control group with those of the treated group, one can observe an increase of the statural deficit, which is a specific aspect one can come upon in the institutions for special needs people.

For a correct analysis of the treated cases, the statural deficit compared with 2.5 standard deviations will be taken into consideration, that is the figures in table 4. A variable recovering from the low body height can be noticed in 8 cases (cases no. 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 14, 15 and 18) and a stationary status (still a positive effect) in 5 cases (cases no. 3, 12, 13, 19, 20). The low body height followed its course in other 9 cases, and it wasn’t influenced by the trial of treatment (40,9%).

Evolution of the treated patients Table 4

Case no.

Initials of name

Gen-der

Age

Body height (cm)

The deficit (cm), given 2.5 SD

Initial

6 months

1 year

1.5 years

2 years

3 years

initial

1 year

2 years

3 years

1.

P.M.

F

16

112

118

121

123

125

134

-30

-25

-21

-13

2.

B.I.

M

9

102

105

107

112

114

118

-14

-14

-11

-10

3.

M.I.

M

9

96

100

100

100

104

108

-20

-21

-21

-20

4.

D.D.C.

M

9

105

105

105

106

107

113

-11

-16

-18

-15

5.

P.G.

M

8

99

99

99

100

100

102

-13

-17

-21

-23

6.

B.G.

M

10

108

110

112

112

116

120

-13

-13

-10

-11

7.

S.G.

F

14

137

144

144

151

151

153

-5

+1

+6

+7

8.

N.N.

M

15

138

138

140

142

143

147

-6

-13

-14

-11

9.

V.E.L.

F

8

92

98

98

102

102

109

-19

-17

-18

-15

10.

C.C.

F

8

100

100

100

103

106

108

-11

-15

-14

-16

11.

A.M.

F

11

112

115

117

117

120

124

-12

-9

-17

-18

12.

C.A.

F

13

120

120

120

121

123

127

-17

-22

-20

-18

13.

F.A.

M

8

100

102

105

109

110

114

-12

-11

-11

-11

14.

V.S.

M

15

126

126

127

129

133

142

-18

-26

-24

-16

15.

R.M.L.

M

8

95

100

103

104

107

115

-17

-13

-14

-10

16.

E.N.

M

9

107

110

112

114

114

121

-9

-9

-11

-10

17.

C.A.

F

11

115

117

117

118

120

125

-9

-9

-17

-17

18.

S.I.

M

16

108

112

112

112

112

120

-45

-45

-46

-38

19.

B.V.

F

9

90

92

92

96

97

99

-25

-28

-27

-27

20.

P.P.

F

17

144

144

144

144

144

144

-2

-2

-3

21.

B.I.

M

12

109

109

109

109

110

116

-17

-22

-27

-28

22.

M.I.

M

11

104

107

107

107

107

110

-21

-19

-24

-29

Particular cases:

3 cases with manifest puberty were included in the group and they have led to contradictory results: case no.7 – evident statural growth; case no.8 – reduced statural growth; case no.20 – not influenced.

Case no.18: chronic paediatric encephalopathy, stabilised hydrocephalus, second degree retardation, low body height and weight, malformed legs, delayed puberty, with a precarious statural evolution: 1991 – 1995 = 105 cm. In 1997 = 108 cm; there were applied 50 sessions of acupuncture between March and December, in five series, followed by a stagnation at 112 cm; after 3 years, the measurement indicated 120 cm (!).

Case no.9 was diagnosed with second degree retardation, AIDS and liver cirrhosis. After 6 months, a sudden statural growth could be noticed and then a total of 17 cm in 3 years.

Case no.15: first degree retardation, HIV positive, chronic hepatitis, secondary hypochrom anaemia, and left congenital torticollis. He made progresses following the acupuncture treatment.

2000, May 22


ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT FOR

LOW BODY HEIGHT AND NANISM

In the year 2000, The Asylum for Children with Severe Neuropsychiatric Handicap in the village of Ungureni, Bacau County, Romania, became The Centre for Recuperation and Rehabilitation of adults with neuropsychiatric handicap. Since then, I have continued my trial of treating the low body height as well as the nanism.

The scheme of treatment has been improved:

– V 11 (Dazhu) applied in dispersion !

– S36 (Zusanli) tonic of the entire body;

– VB 34 (Yanglingquan) Hui and Roe point, specific for muscles and tendons;

– VB 38 (Juegu) specialised for endocrine conditions;

– The point Hypophysys on the right ear.

The treatment consisted in applying 8 series of 10 sessions each, between 22nd of February 2000 and 5th of July 2001, with an average frequency of 3 sessions per week.

The group treated was formed of 37 persons aged between 18 and 28 years old and the results were then followed for 3 years. Although the treatment was the same, we are going to present the low body height and nanism separately.

LOW BODY HEIGHT (STATURAL HYPOTROPHY)

No.

Name initials

Age

Gender

Body height (cm)

Growth (cm)

Initially

6 months

1 year

1.5 years

2 years

3 years

1.

NE

24

F

140.7

141.1

141.0

141.1

142.5

142.8

1.8

2.

CN

18

F

145.0

145.0

145.0

145.0

145.0

145.0

3.

SC

19

F

145.5

145.5

145.5

145.5

145.5

145.5

4.

CT

19

F

146.0

146.0

146.0

146.0

146.0

148.0

2.0

5.

BS

20

M

143.7

145.2

147.0

147.0

148.0

148.0

4.3

6.

PM

19

M

146.7

149.2

150.3

151.5

151.5

151.5

3.8

7.

MM

23

F

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

8.

FN

26

F

142.7

142.7

142.7

142.7

142.7

142.7

9.

VA

18

F

148.0

148.0

148.0

148.0

148.0

148.0

10.

CS

19

F

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

145.2

11.

CF

19

M

142.7

144.8

148.2

149.5

149.5

151.0

9.7

12.

CS

26

M

145.0

145.0

147.0

147.0

147.0

147.0

2.0

13.

SA

20

F

144.5

144.5

145.0

145.5

145.5

145.6

1.1

14.

CF

26

M

147.6

147.6

149.0

149.3

149.5

149.5

1.9

15.

LC

19

F

148.0

148.0

149.0

150.9

151.3

151.3

3.3

16.

SM

18

F

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

Case no. 11 can be remarked, with delayed puberty and probably functional growth cartilages.

NANISM

No.

Name initials

Age

Gender

Body height (cm)

Growth (cm)

Initially

6 months

1 year

1.5 years

2 years

3 years

1.

BC

23

M

126.0

134.5

139.0

139.0

139.0

148.3

24.3

2.

CA

18

F

139.7

140.2

140.2

142.3

142.3

142.3

2.6

3.

RM

18

F

136.2

137.4

137.5

138.5

138.5

138.5

2.3

4.

BL

23

F

134.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

7.0

5.

DE

1

F

123.7

125.4

129.2

131.5

134.2

138.0

4.3

6.

GI

20

F

137.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

143.0

6.0

7.

HN

19

F

137.7

141.0

141.4

141.4

145.5

145.5

7.8

8.

MA

19

F

136.1

136.1

138.0

138.5

138.5

145.3

9.2

9.

CA

18

M

125.3

135.5

135.5

135.5

135.6

136.3

11.0

10.

SV

18

M

132.0

132.6

135.5

140.8

144.2

149.7

17.7

11.

CC

22

F

134.0

134.0

134.6

134.6

134.6

138.0

4.0

12.

TS

26

F

126.0

126.0

126.0

126.0

126.0

126.0

13.

SI

18

F

139.1

141.3

141.3

141.3

141.3

141.3

2.2

14.

SG

21

F

137.5

137.5

137.5

138.0

139.4

139.4

1.9

15.

BL

20

F

127.0

127.0

127.0

127.0

127.0

127.0

16.

BD

20

F

136.0

136.0

136.8

136.8

136.8

138.0

2.0

17.

PL

27

F

136.6

136.6

141.0

141.0

141.0

141.0

4.4

18.

AD

23

F

138.3

141.0

142.0

142.0

142.0

142.0

3.7

19.

AE

19

F

130.0

131.2

132.8

132.8

133.3

134.0

4.0

20.

GV

28

F

139.4

140.2

141.4

141.4

141.4

142.0

2.6

21.

BC

20

F

135.5

135.5

138.0

138.0

138.0

138.0

2.5

Surpassing the limit of 140 cm has been achieved in 11 cases, but cases no. 1, 8, 9 and 10 are the most significant, the delayed puberty being their common characteristic.

THE CONCLUSION seems obvious, although the next case is even more special:

C.A., 21 years old, female, caretaker in the unit, asked for a treatment for low body height out of curiosity, as she was 141.4 cm. The patient had her first menstruation at 13 years old, she was married and she had already been pregnant twice, bearing the pregnancies up to the term, when she was 17 and then 18 years old. The same scheme of treatment was applied on the days when her work shift coincided with the acupuncturist’s, so that 50 sessions of treatment were performed in 12 months time. Measuring her body height indicated 6 mm growth after 6 months and other additional 12 mm up to the end of the year, so that she reached 143.2 cm. She couldn’t be followed afterwards as she left the village.

June 3rd, 2004

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