05. July 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Exercise

Acupuncture can accelerate the relief of post-exercise fatigue by regulating energy metabolism and attenuating the effects of oxidative stress on body tissues, according to a pilot study by Chinese scientists. Fourteen athletes undertook a series of exhaustive physical exercises followed by a short-term rest, and were then treated with acupuncture (TA group) or enjoyed an extended rest (TR group). The TA group received 30 minutes of needling at Zusanli ST-36, Weizhong BL-40, Guanyuan REN-4 and Shenshu BL-23. Nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics analysis was applied to investigate the metabolic profiles of urine samples collected from the athletes before exercise, before and after acupuncture, or during the extended rest. The results indicated that levels of key metabolites in the Krebs cycle and glycolysis (such as lactate, succinate, pyruvate and citrate), which had been disturbed by exercise, recovered significantly faster in the athletes treated with acupuncture compared with those who took rest.
The Intervention Effects of Acupuncture on Fatigue Induced by Exhaustive Physical Exercises: A Metabolomics Investigation. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:508302.

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