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People With Parkinson's Could Benefit From Acupuncture

People With Parkinson's Could Benefit From Acupuncture

According to research out of the University Seoul, Korea, acupuncture can provide some benefit to people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) by reactivating parts of the brain that have gone dormant.

Their findings have been published in the journal CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.

Researchers used functional MRI to take measurements of what specific cerebral effects needling acupuncture point GB34 (Yanglinqquan) would have on areas of the brain affected by PD.

The study had two arms:

  • Twelve people with Parkinson's Disease
  • Twelve healthy subjects as a control

The fMRI results indicated that acupuncture in the Parkinson's arm elicited better cerebral responses (put another way, it reactivated neural activity) in certain areas of the brain, specifically:

  • Basal ganglia
  • Putamen
  • Thalamus
  • Caudate
  • Substantia nigra

All these areas of the brain, especially the basal ganglia, are connected to the development of Parkinson's Disease.

"These brain regions are pathologically impaired in Parkinson's Disease patients but are activated by stimulation of acupuncture point GB34," concluded the authors.