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).

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