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Acupuncture Meniscus Repair Benefit

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Acupuncture Meniscus Repair Benefit

Acupuncture improves knee recuperation after surgery. Researchers investigated the effects of acupuncture on patients that received arthroscopic meniscus surgical repair. Knee pain is evoked by meniscus tear. The meniscus is fibrous cartilage that cushions impact and stabilizes the knee. Each knee has two menisci, one medial and one lateral. A torn meniscus may require surgical repair as is the case with patients in this study. Symptoms often include knee popping, swelling, stiffness, pain, difficulty straightening, or obstruction of movement. In this randomized investigation, one group received acupuncture plus physical therapy and another group received only physical therapy. The researchers found that the group receiving acupuncture combined with physical...

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Acupuncture Relieves Vertigo & Neck Disorder

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Acupuncture Relieves Vertigo & Neck Disorder

A new study concludes that acupuncture effectively treats vertigo caused by a disorder of the neck. Researchers made an interesting discovery during the study. Two phenomena occurred simultaneously as a result of acupuncture treatments. Vertigo decreased and blood supply to the vertebral arteries improved significantly. Researchers investigated the effects of acupuncture on patients with cervical spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the neck between the bodies of the vertebrae. Acupuncture was applied to acupuncture points on the abdomen: CV12 (Zhongwan), CV6 (Qihai), CV4 (Guanyuan), CV10 (Xiawan), KI17 (Shangqu), ST24 (Huaroumen). Acupuncture was administered at a rate of once per day for five days. Colour ultrasonography was used to measure variations in...

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Acupuncture Helps Stroke Recovery

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Acupuncture Helps Stroke Recovery

New research concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of spasticity and paralysis due to stroke. Investigators discovered that acupuncture effectively reduced spastic hemiplegia, paralysis on one side of the body with muscle and tendon spasms, in patients who suffered a stroke. The researchers concluded that acupuncture combined with rehabilitation training is effective for the treatment of post-stroke spastic hemiplegia. This research is consistent with other investigations demonstrating that acupuncture benefits patients have have had a stroke. One recent study concluded that acupuncture stimulates brain cell proliferation in the cerebrum. They discovered that electroacupuncture “exerts a neuroprotective effect in ischemic stroke” and found...

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Acupuncture Stops Pain Via Brain Pathways

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Acupuncture Stops Pain Via Brain Pathways

New research confirms that acupuncture reduces pain levels. Investigators discovered that electroacupuncture decreases pain by regulating the expression of several proteins in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain responsible for autonomic nervous system, endocrine and limbic system functions. A total of 17 hypothalmic proteins demonstrated significant changes as a result of electroacupuncture stimulation for the treatment of pain. The acupuncture points chosen for the study were ST36 (Zusanli) and GB34 (Yanglingquan). Electroacupuncture at these points effectively reduced pain, enriched three gene ontologies and regulated the glycolysis-gluconeogenesis-hexose metabolism pathway. The researchers note that the data demonstrates that electroacupuncture lessens pain...

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Acupuncture Reverses Plantar Fasciitis

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Acupuncture Reverses Plantar Fasciitis

New research concludes that acupuncture is effective for treating plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammatory foot condition. Plantar fasciitis typically presents with pain on the underside of the foot and heel. The pain is often most severe when first stepping out of bed onto the floor in the morning. Another telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is pain upon dorsiflexion, lifting the foot towards the shin. In this controlled clinical investigation, the acupuncture group demonstrated a significant reduction in foot pain while the control group showed only minimal changes. The control group received five weeks of analgesic medications, stretching exercises and shoe modifications. The acupuncture group received the same therapies plus electro-acupuncture treatments. The...

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Acupuncture Regenerates Crushed Sciatic Nerves

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Acupuncture Regenerates Crushed Sciatic Nerves

Researchers have discovered that electro-acupuncture causes sciatic nerve regeneration. In a controlled laboratory mouse model experiment, researchers found that electro-acupuncture restores motor function and stimulates a rapid recovery. The results also showed that electro-acupuncture assisted in the recovery from “neuropathic pain that develops following a nerve injury.” The researchers note that their results show that electro-acupuncture stimulation promotes sensory and motor nerve fiber regeneration and shortens the duration of recovery times following crushed nerve injuries. The researchers concluded that “electro-acupuncture appears to be a valuable method to accelerate motor recovery and alleviate neuropathic pain symptoms that occur after nerve...

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