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Acupuncture can reduce Hypertension

Recent study has demonstrated that acupuncture treatment can reduce hypertension….The University of California School of Medicine researchers have proven that acupuncture produces long-lasting lowering of blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. Acupuncture regulates sympathetic nervous system responses resulting in lower blood pressure in cardiovascular related centres of the brain and “specific neurotransmitter systems”. In addition, their cross-over double blinded research identifies specific acupuncture points and procedures that are especially effective for lowering blood pressure.
The researchers note that electroacupuncture is effective “at two sets of standartized acupoints known to provide input to brain stem regions that regulate sympathetic outflow lowers blood pressure…”
First electroacupuncture is administered once per week for 30min acupuncture sessions over period of 8weeks. Monthly acupuncture maintenance treatments maintain healthy low blood pressure for at least 6months.
The University of California School of Medicine researchers find acupuncture a mediator of the autonomic nervous system. This mechanism resulted in a lowering of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. Furthermore, the researchers successfully differentiated acupuncture points that were effective from those that were not. Using 24/7 ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, electroacupuncture applied to PC5-PC6 and St36-St37 was effective for reducing peak and average systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The results were published in the Journal of Intensive and Critical Care.
The researchers have also discovered that manual acupuncture and electroacupuncture produce similar results at PC5 and PC6. Low frequency acupuncture proved more effective than higher frequencies. Two Hz electroacupuncture activated more somatic afferents than 10 or 20 Hz electroacupuncture……

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Recently we have received an enquiry about the use of electroacupuncture, and whether it is applied in our clinic. Yes, patients can receive electroacupuncture treatments in our clinic.

Electroacupuncture, is a combination of traditional acupuncture and modern electronic technology. It is a therapeutic method performed by applying electric current from the electroacupuncture machine through the acupuncture needles to the acupoints. In our clinic we use “Meyer model 501” manufactured in Australia. Advantages of electroacupuncture: electroacupuncture may produce better therapeutic results in some diseases, because the electric current can produce many other physiological and therapeutic effects besides the effects produced by acupuncture alone. The electroacupuncture can give a stimulation over a longer period of time with an electric wave of uniform or varied pattern and a constant or fluctuated intensity, the stimulating intensity can be adjusted at any time.

Biophysical basis of function of electroacupuncture; from the viewpoint of physics, the human body is a complicated conductor with different conductivity in different tissues of the body. For example the conductivity of fatty, bony and nervous tissues is lower than that of the muscle with plentiful blood supply. In addition, the conductivity of different parts of the body at different depth of tissues is also varied….In general, the electric conductivity of the muscle tissue is higher. The deep insertion of a needle may produce stronger needling sensation like soreness, numbness, distension and heaviness and stimulating intensity at the acupoints is higher and the therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture at the acupoints is better, because there are many free nerve endings and capillary vessels distributed beneath the acupoints.

Clinical application of electroacupuncture in practice; the following is a list of  some common diseases treated with electroacupuncture:

Facial paralysis, Trigeminal neuralgia, sequelae of Stroke, chronic gastritis, ptosis of stomach, GI neurosis, postoperative abdominal distention, postoperative retention of urine, chronic lumbago, stiff neck, labour induction, prolonged labour, postpartum retention of urine etc.




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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, March 2, 2017

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A recent study has demonstrated that Acupuncture has the potential to reduce hypertension.

“Scientists reported last year that patients treated with Acupuncture at certain wrist points saw their blood pressure drop, but the cause was unknown. A new study from researchers at the UCI SS Center for Integrative Medicine has identified the mechanism…..

The study revealed that regular electroacupuncture treatment has the potential to lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in the brainstem region that controls blood pressure. ”

Extract from Science Daily article published by medical daily on Nov 2, 2016

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