01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Restless Leg Syndrome

Acupuncture can improve abnormal leg activity in patients with ‘restless leg syndrome’ (RLS), according to a team of researchers from China and Japan. A pilot study enrolled 38 patients with RLS. Patients were treated with either standardised traditional acupuncture or sham acupuncture at randomised non¬acupoints for six weeks. Acupuncturists were able to modify the standardised acupuncture point prescription based on each patient’s location of discomfort. A total of 12 acupoints (bilateral Shenshu BL-23, Mingmen DU-4, unilateral Xuehai SP-10, bilateral Chenshan BL-57, bilateral Taichong LIV-3, unilateral Zusanli ST-36, bilateral Sanyinjiao SP-6 and bilateral Taixi KID-3) were used in patients in the standard acupuncture group. In the randomised acupuncture group, 12 randomised non-acupoints, which included sites distal to any zone of discomfort, and which avoided any acupoints orlocal ashi points, were selected. The effects of treatment were evaluated using an actigraph unit, which monitors subjects’ rest/activity cycles in a non¬invasive manner. Standard acupuncture was shown to reduce abnormal nocturnal leg activity significantly compared with baseline, while sham acupuncture did not result in such improvements. (Actigraph evaluation of acupuncture for treating restless legs syndrome. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:343201. Epub 2015 Feb 11).