Acupuncture and Peripheral Neuropathy

Acupuncture has been used to treat different kinds of neuropathy including chemo drug-induced neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, and idiopathic neuropathy. Why do people from love to choose acupuncture as a treatment over various other treatments? The following research gives you the answer.

A group of Chinese researchers recruited 60 patients. They were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a medication group. Patients in each group received basic protocol to control blood sugar within a safe range. Patients in the acupuncture group were treated with acupuncture at Geshu (BL 17), Weiwanxiashu (EX-B 3), Ganshu (BL 18), Pishu (BL 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Zusanli (ST 36), Taixi (KI 3), and ashi points. Patients in the medication group were treated with intravenous administration of lipoic acid (0.6 g) and alprostadil (10 mg). The treatment was given once a day for a 10-day course of treatment; there was an interval of 2 days between courses, and totally 3 courses were given to those patients.

After acupuncture treatment, the score of peripheral neuropathy was significantly reduced in the acupuncture and medication group, but the acupuncture group has more significant changes compared to the medication group. After acupuncture treatment, the sensory nerve conduction velocity (SNCV) and motor nerve conduction velocity (MNCV) of the median nerve and common peroneal nerve were significantly increased in the two groups (all P < 0.05). the SNCV and MNCV of common peroneal nerve in the acupuncture group were significantly superior to those in the medication group (both P < 0.05); the MNCV of median nerve in the acupuncture group was significantly superior to that in the medication group (P < 0.05); the SNCV of median nerve in the acupuncture group was not significantly different from that in the medication group (P > 0.05). The total effective rate was 83.9% (26/31) in the acupuncture group was significantly superior to 62.1% (18/29) in the medication group (P < 0.05).

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This research gives us the scientific evidence that acupuncture can improve nerve function better than the medication, especially in their feet for both sensory and motor nerve function. The mechanism may be due to improved circulation and increased growth hormone level during the acupuncture treatment. But patients need sufficient acupuncture treatment to get a good result.

Causes of the Neuropathy

Dr. Li Zheng published an article about how acupuncture can help neuropathy in e-zine article. In this article, Li Zheng listed the causes of the neuropathy, how we can change our diet and using acupuncture to reduce the inflammation of the nerves and help the nerves regenerate. Nerve inflammation can occur in your hand, feet, testicle, and retina. If people can take healthy diet, electrical acupuncture can help the nerves restore the function, at the meantime, electrical acupuncture can help improve the function of the normal nerves instantly. That is why people can feel better with the improved vision right after acupuncture treatment. But in order to have a long-lasting effect, the inflamed nerves need to become normal.

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