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Acupuncture treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a canal connecting the forearm and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome pain and numbness is due to compression of the median nerve travelling through the canal. Researchers demonstrate that acupuncture benefits the median nerve thus successfully alleviating pain, inflammation and numbness. Early diagnosis and intervention is crucial in mitigating median nerve function. Acupuncture alleviates median nerve compression by reducing oedema and accelerating axonal regeneration. Local acupoint selections are commonly implemented to enhance the microcirculation of blood to the median nerve and carpal tunnel. Common acupuncture points recommend for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome are : PC-7, PC-6, LI-4, LI-5, TH-5
Researchers Wang Ye and Bai Yichen from Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning Traditional Chinese Medicine University find that acupuncture combined with herbal paraffin treatment was more effective than diclofenac, a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug. In a 16 week clinical trial, two patient groups were compared. One group received acupuncture and herbal paraffin treatment, the other received topical diclofenac. The results highlight that acupuncture with herbal paraffin treatment produces greater pain relief and restoration of wrist function than a topical antiinflammatory.
(Extract from an article shared by AACMA Feb.2018)

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Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with Acupuncture

According to latest research, published in the journal “Brain”, a team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital sheds light on how …..
To get to the root of the question, Napadow and colleagues performed a sham-controlled acupuncture neuroimaging study of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a neuropathic pain disorder. Few chronic pain disorders have established biomarkers or measurable treatment outcomes. However, in CTS measurements taken at the wrist of the speed at which signals are transmitted along the median nerve are a well known and accepted biomarker. In addition the studies by Napadow and others have shown that the brain – particularly the primary sensory cortex, which receives signals related to the sense of touch – is remapped in CTS. Specifically, brain cells that usually respond to touch signals from specific fingers start to respond to signals from multiple fingers, which provides another measurable outcome.
Using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) before and after several months of therapy in three different groups of CTS patients – one receiving electroacupuncture at the affected hand, one receiving electroacupuncture at the ankle opposite the affected hand and the other receiving sham electroacupuncture with placebo needles near the affected hand – the researchers have found that both real and sham acupuncture improved patient – reported CTS symptoms. However, there were notable differences in physiologic measures.
Real acupuncture at the affected hand lead to measurable improvements in outcomes both at the affected wrist and in the brain….. while Acupuncture at the opposite ankle produced improvement at the wrist only.
Brain remapping immediately after real acupuncture was linked to long term improvement in CTS symptoms. No physiologic improvements resulted from Sham acupuncture.
“Extract from an article published by scienmag.com, March 2, 2017

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