09. August 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Parkinsons Disease

Randomized, Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease. Mov Disord. 2016 Mar 29. doi: 10.1002/mds.26597. [Epub ahead of print].

23. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Parkinsons Disease

Accumulating evidence demonstrates that acupuncture has an antioxidant effect, and can prevent oxidative stress which causes pathophysiological changes involved in various disease processes. A review by Chinese authors outlines how acupuncture can prevent oxidative damage and improve antioxidant defences via the redox system, antioxidant system, anti-inflammatory system, nervous system and other signalling pathways. This may explain the mechanism of acupuncture’s effect on diseases including vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and hypertension. (Acupuncture mechanism and redox equilibrium. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:483294).


23. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Parkinsons Disease

Acupuncture stimulation at Yanglingquan GB-34 can activate brain areas known to be impaired in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). In an fMRI study, Korean scientists compared brain activation in response to acupuncture in a group of 12 PD patients with that in a group of 12 healthy participants. Needling was conducted at one specific point, Yanglingquan GB-34 (on the right side), which is associated with motor function treatment. The neuroimaging results showed that acupuncture stimulation at this acupoint activates the prefrontal cortex, precentral gyrus and putamen in patients with PD, all of which are areas known to be impaired in patients with this condition. Moreover, acupuncture was found to evoke different brain activations in patients with PD than in healthy participants. Compared with the healthy participants, patients with PD showed significantly higher post-acupuncture brain activity in the prefrontal cortex and precentral gyrus, and this was especially visible in the left hemisphere. (Acupuncture on GB34 activates the precentral gyrus and prefrontal cortex in Parkinson’s disease. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Sep 15;14:336).

A Chinese research team has found that tai chi (TC) can improve balance and decrease fall risks in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Seventy-six patients with PD took part in 60 minutes of 24-form Yang style TC three times a week for 12 weeks. The control group received no intervention. The balance of subjects in the TC group was found to improve more than those in the control group. During six-month follow-up, eight (21.6%) patients in the TC group experienced falls, compared to 19 (48.7%) patients in the control group. (Effects of Tai Chi on balance and fall prevention in Parkinson’s disease: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2014 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print]). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed /24519923

Practising tai chi twice a week can help Parkinson’s patients improve their balance and walking ability, according to an American study. A randomised, controlled trial assigned 195 Parkinson’s patients with mild to moderate disease to one of three groups: tai chi, resistance training or stretching. The patients engaged in 60-minute exercise sessions twice weekly for 24 weeks. The tai chi group performed consistently better than the resistance-training and stretching groups in a number of postural stability tests. The tai chi group also performed better than the stretching group in all secondary outcomes (including measures of gait and strength, functional-reach and timed up-and-go tests) and outperformed the resistance-training group in stride length and functional reach. Tai chi lowered the incidence of falls compared with stretching, but not compared with resistance training. The effects of tai chi training were maintained at three months after the intervention. (Tai chi and postural stability in patients with Parkinson’s disease. N Engl J Med. 2012 Feb 9;366(6):511-9).