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Unlocking Hope: How Neuro-Acupuncture Can Empower Those With Chronic Neurological Conditions

Updated: May 30, 2023

From Improved Motor Function and Reduced Spasticity to Enhanced Quality of Life and Bladder Control: Exploring the Scientific Evidence Behind Neuro-Acupuncture as a Promising Alternative Therapy for Those Living with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, and ALS.

A woman receiving neuro-acupuncture
Neuro-acupuncture, a modern form of acupuncture, is gaining popularity as an alternative therapy for chronic neurological diseases and injuries like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Unlike traditional acupuncture, which is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), neuro-acupuncture is based on modern neurophysiological theories and is focused on treating disorders of the nervous system.

Recent studies have shown that neuro-acupuncture can be an effective treatment for chronic neurological diseases and injuries. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of neuro-acupuncture for MS, ALS, and SCI and the scientific evidence supporting these claims.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)


 

Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, causing inflammation and damage to the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers. This damage can cause a range of symptoms, including muscle weakness, spasticity, and vision problems.

A recent study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that neuro-acupuncture can significantly improve the symptoms of MS. The study found that after ten sessions of neuro-acupuncture, patients experienced a significant reduction in spasticity, improved muscle strength, and better balance and coordination.

Another study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science found that electro-acupuncture can improve cognitive function in MS patients. The study found that after 12 weeks of electro-acupuncture, patients experienced a significant improvement in their cognitive function, including memory, attention, and information processing speed.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness and eventual paralysis. There is no cure for ALS, and treatment options are limited.

A recent study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies found that acupuncture can improve the quality of life and reduce the symptoms of ALS. The study found that after six weeks of acupuncture treatment, patients experienced a significant improvement in their quality of life, as well as a reduction in muscle spasticity and pain.

Another study published in the Journal of Neurology found that electro-acupuncture can improve muscle strength and function in ALS patients. The study found that after eight weeks of electro-acupuncture, patients experienced a significant improvement in their muscle strength, as well as a reduction in muscle fatigue and pain.

Spinal Cord Injury


SCI is a severe injury to the spinal cord that can cause paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of the injury. Treatment options for SCI are limited, and there is currently no cure.

A recent study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies found that acupuncture can improve motor function and reduce spasticity in SCI patients. The study found that after 12 weeks of acupuncture treatment, patients experienced a significant improvement in their motor function, as well as a reduction in spasticity and pain.

Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that electro-acupuncture can improve bladder function in SCI patients. The study found that after four weeks of electro-acupuncture, patients experienced a significant improvement in their bladder function, as well as a reduction in urinary incontinence.


Neuro-acupuncture is a promising alternative therapy for chronic neurological diseases and injuries like MS, ALS, and SCI. The scientific evidence suggests that neuro-acupuncture can improve the symptoms of these conditions and enhance the quality of life for affected individuals. However, further research is needed to confirm these findings and determine the optimal treatment protocols for neuro-acupuncture in the management of chronic neurological disorders.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a chronic neurological disease or injury, neuro-acupuncture may provide a beacon of hope. The benefits of neuro-acupuncture for conditions like MS, ALS, and SCI are backed by scientific evidence and may provide much-needed relief for individuals looking to improve their quality of life. At Adapt, our team of experienced acupuncturists specialize in neuro-acupuncture and are dedicated to helping individuals achieve optimal health and wellness. Contact us today to schedule your first session and take the first step toward revitalizing your hope and well-being.


References:

Wang Y, et al. (2012). Effect of Neuro-acupuncture on Multiple Sclerosis: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 32
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