Acupuncture has been around for a long time, although it has primarily been a form of healing practised primarily in Asia up until the last century. It focuses on natural techniques, and it has the potential to help with a wide variety of medical issues. While many people realize that acupuncture can help those with common symptoms such as back pain and migraines, its effects on more complex conditions such as hand tremors, which are common in Parkinson’s patients are less widely known.
Research indicates that Parkinson’s patients who undergo acupuncture report more mobility after having the treatment. In addition, they are able to achieve some level of pain relief. Those patients that were treated with acupuncture also reported that they felt better overall and that their quality of life was improved. These are all results that the patients themselves attributed to having this form of natural therapy.
While they do not know exactly how it works, scientists theorise that acupuncture causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like dopamine in the brain. These neurotransmitters are crucial for people that are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, an increase in their production can bring about beneficial results for people suffering from this condition.
In addition to the release of neurotransmitters, acupuncture also appears to activate and stimulate serotonin in the body. Serotonin is commonly associated with positive moods and feeling good. Therefore, this may be the reason why patients feel an increased sense of wellness after the treatment.
Finally, through acupuncture, acetylcholine is also stimulated; scientists think that this helps the patients remember more clearly, which is often a big relief to people with Parkinson’s. Acupuncture treatment is, therefore, helpful for people with Parkinson’s disease and other related conditions. What is not known, however, is how long the benefits of the acupuncture will last. Still, it is obvious that repeated treatments are useful for patients with tremors and memory loss.
The studies show promising results. However, every patient is different. Some may respond very well to treatment while others may not show any obvious benefits. Therefore, results are not guaranteed.
More research into this area is needed. However, there certainly is a positive basis for treatment.
A patient with Parkinson’s disease should do their research before selecting an acupuncturist. Any individual that they work with needs to have the proper training and certifications and follow ethical and hygienic guidelines.
Acupuncturists need to know a great deal about the human body. They must also be well versed in their field and have sufficient training. It may be a good idea to look for someone that has experience in working with Parkinson’s patients.
Several institutions help set the bar for acupuncturists in the United Kingdom. For example, any acupuncturist registered under the British Acupuncture Council must have a certain level of training.
The Acupuncture Society is also another governing body for acupuncturists that ensure high standards of practitioners and continuing professional development.
In addition, you can also look for a professional acupuncture college that trains their students to a high standard of proficiency. Several acupuncture colleges have training clinics for their students to use in order to learn their skills. Visitors can go to receive treatment and many offer the option to either be treated by an instructor or by a student, depending on their budget and needs.
If you have Parkinson’s disease, or if you know someone who has who may benefit from acupuncture treatment to help alleviate some of the pain, stiffness and tremors, it is certainly worth a try. Studies show that acupuncture helps many people, and they continue to go back to receive treatment over time. Furthermore, it is pleasing to most patients to know that they are receiving a completely natural approach to their condition.