It’s being recommended that Parkinson’s Disease patients who suffer fatigue should seek out acupuncture treatment to alleviate their symptoms. A new study published in the Movement Disorders Journal sought to examine the effects of ‘real’ and ‘sham’ acupuncture on a group of 94 PD patients. In both cases the results prove the effectiveness of acupuncture, which is very encouraging news.
What’s the difference between the two forms? Real acupuncture is the insertion of needles at specific points on the body, stimulating nerves that in turn send messages to the brain. If you’ve received care at our clinic you’ll be familiar with that mode of treatment. Sham acupuncture involves the simulated sensation of being needled, or, having needles inserted at different sites on the body.
The trial involved those patients randomly receiving one of those two different treatments on a bi-weekly basis. The results for the 94 patients turned out to be very similar with 63% of all patients reporting improvements in fatigue. Both also noted an increase in mood, sleep, and general quality of life.
Whether or not the placebo effect should be given credit here, is something that noted acupuncturist David Chu disputes. Sham acupuncture, he says, is misleading as it ignores the fact that when placing needles elsewhere a practitioner may still be targeting a site that has the same effect on a patient. So in that sense, it’s not sham at all, but real acupuncture.
In either case, the results – both real and sham – promote the efficacy of acupuncture in calming one symptom among many that PD sufferers deal with on a daily basis. Here at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we can help to walk you through a program designed to help relieve chronic fatigue for those with PD and/or other related illnesses. Click here to find out more information about the treatments available.
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