We have developed a treatment for Anosmia which can be self-administered at home.
When loss of sense of smell has been caused by a virus, most people have recovered by 4 weeks. However, for a substantial minority, their sense of smell has not returned up to 18 months later. ENTUK suggests ‘smell training’ for those whose sense of smell has not returned by 4 weeks and this can be helpful for some.
There are a number of studies showing that acupuncture can help restore olfactory function (sense of smell), even after lengthy periods of time (1) (2) (3) (4) and our own clinical experience when seeing patients face to face supports this.
Several of those studies have emphasised the use of acupuncture points on the ear, which we are able to treat with our treatment.
Our treatment approach brings together concepts of acupuncture with developments in the rapidly emerging field of Bioelectronic Medicine.
Our treatment taps into the body's own healing mechanisms and pathways. By careful selection of points and areas on the body we can stimulate anti-inflammatory pathways, boost pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and produce changes in other chemical signalling systems such as dopamine pathways. These changes lead to fundamental and lasting changes and remodelling in the brain itself resulting in long term improvement.
(1) Vent J, Wang D-W, Damm M. Effects of traditional Chinese acupuncture in post-viral olfactory dysfunction. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2010;142(4):505-509. doi:10.1016/j.otohns.2010.01.012
(2) Liebell D,Waking Up and Literally Smelling the Coffee: Inducing Olfactory Function with 3-Phase Auricular Therapy https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acu.2018.1326
(3) Dai Q, Pang Z, Yu H. Recovery of Olfactory Function in Postviral Olfactory Dysfunction Patients after Acupuncture Treatment. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:4986034. doi: 10.1155/2016/4986034. Epub 2016 Feb 29. PMID: 27034689; PMCID: PMC4789421.
(4) Michael W. Anosmia Treated with Acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2003;21(4):153-154. doi:10.1136/aim.21.4.153