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Acupuncture benefits the immune system

Researchers at Hubei University of Chinese Medicine have discovered that electro acupuncture stimulation of acupuncture point ST36 (Zusanli) “enhances the level of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells through TRPV channels”. In addition the researchers document that electro acupuncture applied to ST36 enhances serum interferon-y (IFN-y) levels, interleukin (IL)-2, and IL-17. Results were confirmed using immunohistochemical analysis.
The research measured the effects of electro acupuncture and precisely identified that electro acupuncture at ST36 enhances cytones, which are proteins secreted by cells that have a specific effect on the interactions and communications between cells. The research reveals the role of electro acupuncture (2-15 Hz) in the enhancement of CD4+ T cells through TRPV channels, indicating an important pathway of acupuncture’s effective action. The researchers add “These results proved that the rise in the intracellular Ca2+ induced by electro acupuncture at the ST36 acupoint was responsible for the differentiation, proliferation and activation of splenic CD4+ T cells. The research team notes that the investigation was prompted by results from prior investigations finding acupuncture effective in the treatment of stress induced immunodeficiency. The researchers used modern techniques to measure the effects of electro acupuncture. Flow cytometry was used to measure the Ca2+ concentration of spleen cells. Immunofluorescence was integral to the immunohistochemical analysis. Ultrasonication was required for homogenates and an “ELISA assay was used to assess the IFN-y, IL-2 and IL-17 levels in the serum and extracts from the ST36 acupoint area.”
/Extract from an article ; Acupuncture Immune System Discovery/

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Acupuncture benefits patients suffering from unilateral paralysis after a stroke

Researchers from Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Banjul compared daily exercise mono therapy with acupuncture and just daily exercises….patient outcomes were consistently superior in the combined therapy group, demonstrating that the addition of acupuncture to the daily exercise treatment regimen improves clinical outcomes. The researchers conclude that acupuncture plus rehabilitation exercises improve motor function and cerebral blood flow, making it an effective intervention for post-stroke hemiplegia.
Blood flow changes in the brain were measured with transcranial Doppler device. This was used to monitor the movement of blood in the anterior, middle and posterior cerebral arteries. Both groups showed marked improvements but improvements in the combined therapy group (with acupuncture) were significantly greater (p<0.05). The measurements demonstrate that the addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol enhances recuperation within the human brain. Total of 70 patients with hemiplegia were recruited. Patients were randomly assigned to two groups. Both groups received standard physical rehabilitation exercises and one group received acupuncture. Acupuncture was performed on the side of the body affected by hemiplegia. Points on the upper limb included LI11 (Quchi), LI4 (Hegu), LI 10 (Shousanli), and SI3 (Houxi). Points on the lower limb included ST36 (Zusanli), GB30 (Huantiao), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), and LV3 (Taichong). Filiform needles 40-75mm in length were used to needle the points and were manually manipulated to obtain Deqi. The needles were retained for 20minutes per acupuncture session. Treatment was administered once daily, with 10 treatments comprising one course. A total of 10 courses of treatment were administered consecutively.

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