Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis
Acupuncture treatments are effective for Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that is associated with a large number of symptoms such as depression, deteriorated eyesight, numbness, problems speaking, and pain due to inflammation in the brain. Researchers have recently reported new information on the affect acupuncture has for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by improving the symptoms and health in general. It has been proven to increase the quality of one’s vision, reduce pain, and treat depression.
In a study, a group of people were divided into two groups where one received acupuncture while the other received a sham acupuncture treatment. The real acupuncture group not only had improved vision and reduced pain, but lived their lives at a much better pace than the sham acupuncture group. Those who received sham acupuncture showed no signs of improvement in the least. The acupuncture group also had a much better appetite and quality of sleep than the other group.
Each person in the study was also receiving drugs such as glatiramer acetate and interferon-beta. Patients had no prior acupuncture in order to get the best results from the study. There were also no criteria for being in a certain group as each person was chosen randomly.
Acupuncturists have to target specific points in order to create certain effects. The points targeted on the real acupuncture group were SP6, LI11, LI4, EX-HN3, and ST36. Electronic acupuncture was used on these points in order to boost the effects of the session. The sham acupuncture group received standard needles at random points of the body.