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Acupuncture effect on stroke depression

Acupuncture for post-stroke depression

Depression and anxiety after stroke are so common that they affect about a third of stroke survivors.

While acupuncture to help stroke recovery has been well researched and recognised. Further, there are specific studies to show how acupuncture may help with post stroke depression. Chinese scientists were searching for an answer on how much it may actually help. They looked into many acupuncture studies and performed an analysis and review.

They discovered that almost all of the studies compared acupuncture to using antidepressant medications. Furthermore acupuncture was as effective as medications, but had fewer side effects and adverse reactions.

Obviously, at the early stage of the disease most of the post stroke patients will have difficulty to travel to see an acupuncturist. But those who are lucky enough to have an acupuncturist travel to their hospital, should ask them to take their mental state into account when designing a treatment plan.

Hypothyrodism Acupuncture

Hypothyroidism – how acupuncture can help

How acupuncture helps hypothyroidism? A group of scientists from China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing researched neuroendocrine system of rats with hypothyroidism to understand the effects of acupuncture.

Their findings were that acupuncture regulates serum levels of T3 and testosterone,  Beta endorphins in the hypothalamus and plasma nucleotides. This was noted as the possible mechanism of action of acupuncture for hypothyroidism in their study published in the journal of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (1999-01).

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be also helpful to reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism.  It can help with the side-effects of your thyroid medication.  I would not recommend stopping your medication after you start acupuncture treatment without discussing it with your prescribing doctor first.

Further reading:

Yu Qian, et al. Acupuncture use to treat hypothyroidism in patients recovering from severe brain injuries. China Journal of Acupuncture. 1996;16(8):1-3.

Hou Yu-duo1, at al. Experimental Study of Fire Needle Intervention in the Treatment of Hypothyroidism with Western Medicine. Journal of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2011

Shao Wei Weng, et al. Treating hypothyroidism with moxibustion. Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture. 1984

Wang Xiu Jie, et al. Treating coma due to myxedema (coma due to hypothyroidism) with acupuncture. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 1998;14(4)

Acupuncture for TMJ

TMJ Acupuncture

Biting, into your favorite delicious chocolate bar, can be a painful experience when you suffer from the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJD). But it is only one of the numerous symptoms TMJD can cause. Other symptoms may include headaches or migraines, tooth pain, to name a few.

Journal of Orofacial Pain has published a systematic review on acupuncture for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

The review included 19 randomized controlled trials. The results concluded that acupuncture was more effective for TMD symptoms than physical therapy. Acupuncture was also more effective than indomethacin plus vitamin B1 therapy, and a wait-list control. Furthermore, this natural treatment was safe with no serious adverse events reported by the studies.

Three of the studies, included in the review, compared acupuncture to a placebo. Researchers concluded acupuncture had a therapeutic effect beyond placebo.

All in all, acupuncture is natural, safe and effective treatment option for TMJ pain.